Native to South America. Perennial. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Other names: Stipa neesiana.
The "queen's crown" at the awn base is distinctive.
A weed of pasture that can crowd out more desirable grasses.
It is a noxious weed and listed as Regionally Restricted in central Victoria. It is also an environmental weed.
Nassella: from nassa a narrow-necked wicker basket; ella: diminutive, referring to the shape of the floret of some species; neesiana in honour of C. G. D. Nees von Esenbeck, 1766-1858, a German botanist.
1: Crown at the lemma summit. 2, 3: Chilean Needlegrass. Barfold.