Purple Wiregrass, Wire grass, Threeawn grass, Kerosene grass, Cane Speargrass, Cane Wire-grass, Purple Wire Grass, Three-awn Speargrass.
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, 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.