Seeds on stem. Photo: Richard Hartland, Vic

Plants. Photo: Richard Hartland, Vic

Seed head. Photo: John Tann, Mudgee

Common Name

Windmill Grass




Annual or perennial grass 10-50cm tall.  Leaves with a hairless sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane with a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 3-17cm long, 1-5mm wide, flat or folded lengthwise, hairless, hairy, or rough.  Spikelets green or white, 2-5mm long, excluding the awn.  Seeds with one long awn, often in two’s or three’s. Mature seed groups cylindrical, digitate.

Description and photo (page 75) and line drawing of flower head (page 74 Fig. 14e) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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