A tufted perennial grass to 0.7 m that produces year round green growth. It has slender weeping seed heads, giving rise to its common name Weeping Grass. Microlaena is a genus of grass with a single species Microlaena stipoides or Ehrharta stipoides. It occurs naturally in all states of Australia. The naked caryopses (grains) are similar in shape to rice grains but smaller, approximately 5 mm long. The grass grows best in acidic soils and is drought and frost tolerant. It is found in areas of medium to high rainfall (above 600 mm).
Photo: NSW DPI