Plant. Photographer Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Spikelets on stems. Photographer Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Seeds. Photographer Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

No. 9 Wiregrass; Jericho Wiregrass; Feathertop Threeawn




Perennial grass 30-90cm tall. Leaves with a hairless sheath at the base. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaves 10-25cm long, 1-2mm wide, flat, folded together lengthwise, rolled, or the edges rolled inwards, bristly on the upper surface, more or less hairless on the lower surface, with a long point. Spikelets yellowish or purplish brown, 5-9mm long. Seeds with three long awns.  Mature seed groups cylindrical. Endangered Vic.  Threatened list Vic.

Description and photo of seeding plant in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 57

PlantNET description with line drawings:

ausgrass2 description and line drawing:   Seed on the right in the line drawing in this article  is of Aristida jerichoensis var. subspinulifera (text not transferred from the CD Ausgrass to ausgrass2)