Aristida behriana

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Aristida behriana
Aristida behriana.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Gramineae
Genus: Aristida
Species: A. behriana
Binomial name
Aristida behriana

Aristida behriana is a native Australian species of grass commonly known as bunch wire grass or brush wire grass. It is a bright green perennial plant forming short, tufted tussocks up to 40 centimetres (16 in)[1] high. Its seeds have three long, radiating awns; it is a member of genus Aristida, grasses known commonly as three-awns. The species favours low fertility and well-drained soils. It is commonly found in mallee woodlands and plains, where it grows on sunny slopes. Superficially, the flower heads resemble those of the invasive weed African feather-grass (Pennisetum villosum).[2] A. behriana is found in all mainland Australian States.[3]


  1. ^ Noted as less than 30cm by Bagust (2005) but up to 40cm by New South Wales Flora Online
  2. ^ Bagust, P.; L. Tout-Smith. (2005). The Native Plants of Adelaide. Department for Environment and Heritage. p. 48. ISBN 0-646-44313-5. 
  3. ^ "Aristida behriana F.Muell.". New South Wales Flora Online. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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