Botanical name

Tenaxia stricta



Common Name

Cape Wire Grass

Synonym (old name)

Merxmuellera stricta
Tenaxia stricta
Tenaxia stricta
Tenaxia stricta
Tenaxia stricta


Attractive, densely tufted perennial, bright green when fresh. Leaves needle-like, 10-45cm x 1mm wide; ligule is a long fringe of hairs. Inflorescence is a loose contracted panicle, 10-20cm long, drooping; spikelets up to 23mm including fine awns; lemma backs have tufts of white hairs near the base.

Can form avenues along paths especially after fire.


Common in fynbos and renosterveld in a variety of habitats

Flower Date

October to November