Native. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
It is a common and conspicuous plant in northern grasslands. A spreading grass. The lemmas divide into three long awns.The flowers are clustered , and sometimes tangled together.
The spreading habit, and the narrow, three-awned lemmas make this a very distinctive grass.
Arista: an awn. behriana: in honour of H. H. Behr, 1818-1904, a German doctor, plant collector and naturalist, who came to South Australia in 1844 and lived amongst the natives, learning their languages and habits.
Left 1: Flower cluster (a panicle). Baringhup. Left 2: The flower heads are conspicuous. Maldon. 3: Tangled lemmas. Maldon. 4: Lemma with three awns. The lemma merges into the awns, without jointing between the two. Sutton Grange.