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Differs from Acaena novae-zelandiae (Bidgee-widgee) by the upright growth habit, leaves with greater than 5 pairs of leaflets and heads of flowers in a ball.
This species is readily distinguished from the other Acaena species that have heads in spikes (Acaena ovina and Acaena agnipila), by the nearly hairless leaves and stems (see detail).
This is a relatively common component of Volcanic Plains Grassland.
The fresh, fern-like growth has an attractive bluish bloom which presents a pleasing contrast with native grasses. The colourful reddish flowering stems and sculptural seed-heads are another attractive feature. The spikey stems of burrs may be removed if you prefer a neater effect (or own a dog!).