Widespread in forests in moist and shaded areas.
Leaves lance-shaped with wavy margins to 3 cm.
Leaves with ligule around 3 mm long, membranous at the base, dividing into cilia; blade 4-18 mm wide, sprinkled with fine hairs, midrib very narrow, whitish on the lower surface, 10-15 fine nerves either side of it.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Host plant for the Lilac Grass-skipper and the White-brand Grass-skipper and other butterflies.
Bearded flower spike. Photo: John Abbott