A grass native to eastern Australia, widespread and common, prefers lighter, poorer soils. The leaves give off a spicy, lemon-ginger smell when crushed. Habitat for small mammals and frogs. Seeds eaten by Rosellas.
Tufted, erect perennial to 1.5m. Stems smooth, hairless, rigid, branching at purple nodes.
Leaves are mostly clustered around the base, some on the stems. Leaf blades (lamina) are long and narrow, up to 30cm, bluish green.
Image: Fruiting bodies closeup
The seedhead is a narrow panicle with branchlets upon which are spikelets of seeds that project at angles in clusters as they ripen, resembling barbed wire. Green, bluish, becomes reed-brown.