Wiregrass, Wire grass, Threeawn grass, Kerosene grass, Jericho Wiregrass.
Presence in Australia
Widespread across region (although not necessarily recorded on General Native Vegetation Profiles).
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Frequently in low rainfall areas on poor soils.
Tufted annuals or perennials, usually with slender wiry culms, narrow leaves. Three awns on seed.
Tolerates severe drought.
Mature seeds are reddish-purple and fall to the ground in a tangled mass.
"Seeds" are sharp, damaging animal hides and contaminating wool.
Not valuable as fodder except during drought.