Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Curly Windmill Grass, Umbrella Grass, Spider Grass




Perennial grass 25cm-1.1m tall.  Leaves with a hairless or hairy sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 5-20cm long, 2-6mm wide, flat, surface rough, hairy or hairless, with rough edges.  Spikelets purple or brown, 7-11mm long.  Seeds with one awn, in pairs.  Mature seed groups digitate, with cylindrical branches.

Description and photo of fruiting plant in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 96-97

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