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Large (to roughly 1.5 metres) tuft-forming grass typically occurring in very dense stands. The tapering, often hairy leaves reach 13 centimetres in length. The stalk bearing the inflorescence is often 1 metre or more in height. The inflorescence itself is large and bushy and produces seeds which project irregularly outwards. The seed is sharp with a long, twisted awn.
Sowing the whole seed (with awn) often yields good results.
Generally spring and summer.
Generally absent from the driest and wettest sites. Usually on low-fertility soils. Common on Willans Hill and in Mates Gully TSR.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery