Silky browntop is a palatable nutritious grass when young, but becomes unpalatable to livestock when it matures. It tends to be more nutritive and palatable in the southern areas of the Kimberley.
Various sandy and loamy soils.
Silky browntop is an erect, tufted perennial grass with thin stems that can grow to 150cm tall. The leaf blades are flat, up to 30cm long and are blue-green when young, but turn a distinctive red-brown later in the season. The seed head consists of 2–4 closely spaced spikes that are 5–10cm long, silky-haired and dark brown. It flowers from February to May.