Tufted perennial with erect, cane-like clumps to 3 m high in dry woodland and grassland, often in drainage ways. Rhizomatous. Leaves with ligule short, densely hairy. Blade rolled in bud, 3-10 mm wide. Inflorescence a panicle 10-40 cm long. Arundinella flowers in response to rain. Prefers well-drained soil and sunlight. Not a shade lover. Surface sow as soon as it is ripe. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly.
At Enoggera Creek Reserve. Photo: Robert Whyte
A good root system can take a year to develop. When growing in moist locations can produce canes capable of being thatched.