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Tufted, leafy grass often exceeding 1 metre in height. A familiar species of woodland and grassland, as well as a common ornamental. Most easily identified by its tall, often nodding inflorescences, which are a distinctive bronze or rust-brown colour at maturity. Seeds have a long, black awn which projects from the inflorescence.
Propagation from seed is very unreliable. Seed appears to have a dormancy period of up to 12 months. Division of existing clumps is more successful.
Generally spring and summer.
Occasional by roadsides and in reserves throughout the area. Though far from rare, dense stands are uncommon. A notable exception can be found near the northern entrance to Livingstone NP.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery