Where dominant, curly spinifex is an indicator of good pasture condition. It is a desirable species in curly spinifex pastures and in pindan. It decreases under heavy grazing.
Curly spinifex is moderately palatable to livestock and is a good drought reserve.
Sandy soils and red soils.
Curly spinifex is a perennial grass with a straggly tussock or hummock that can grow to 80cm tall and up to 2m across. Stems are smooth and slender with many branches. The leaf blades are rolled, slender and up to 30cm long. The seed head is a single spike and has a feathery appearance. It flowers from February to May.