Austrostipa flavescens (Labill.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted, shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect, to 1.2 m high, nodes pubescent to almost glabrous. Leaves glabrous to densely pubescent; blade flat to inrolled to 70 cm long and 7 mm broad when flattened, erect to flexuose; ligule ciliate, to 0.6 mm long. Inflorescence typically a dense, slender panicle to 30 cm long, or occasionally inflorescence open and sparse. Glumes 10–15 mm long, rarely purplish, acuminate, membranous throughout, subequal, or the lower longer by up to 3 mm than upper; lemma 6–9 mm long, maturing to dark brown or black, granular to minutely scabrous near summit, lightly covered with semi-appressed golden hairs; coma erect with hairs no longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 1.6–3 mm long; awn twice bent, 40–70 mm long, 9–18 mm to the first bend, column shortly pubescent; palea slightly shorter than lemma, silky-hairy along the centre line. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Common along the coastline where usually occurring on vegetated dunes, less commonly on e.g. limestone- or basalt-based soils away from the coast, for example in Eucalyptus microcarpa woodland near Mt Cottrell and at Eynesbury south of Melton. At some sites along the coast such as at Beaumaris and Black Rock both the dense and open panicle forms can grow together.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Stipa flavescens Labill).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Austrostipa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Austrostipa flavescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa flavescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales