Austrostipa trichophylla (Benth.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 589 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted perennial, culms erect to 60 cm high, nodes exserted, glabrous, but shortly pubescent immediately below. Leaf-blades tightly inrolled, to 20 cm long and 0.5 mm diam.; sheaths smooth, scabrous or shortly pubescent; ligules ciliate, 0.5–1 mm long. Inflorescence a sparse panicle to c. 20 cm long. Glumes 9–14 mm long, purplish initially, acuminate or acute, subequal or the lower up to 2 mm longer than upper; lemma 4–6.5 mm long, golden brown at maturity, granular to scabrous, mostly covered with short white hairs, sparse near apex; callus 1–3 mm long; awn falcate, 40–60 mm long, the straight part 6–11 mm long, pubescent with slightly spreading hairs to c. 0.4 mm long; palea slightly shorter than lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Nov.-Jan.

CVU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. WA, NT, SA, NSW. Relatively rare in Victoria where known from scattered sites in the west and north-west (Little Desert, Black Range near Stawell, Wedderburn, Gunbower, Ouyen, Mildura areas), and occurring in mallee and woodland formations. Victorian specimens, although conforming to the description provided by Vickery el al. (1986), differ from the type (from WA) and Bentham's (1878) description which emphasizes the rigid, smooth, shining leaf-sheaths as well as the hispid blades.

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 trichophylla Benth.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-16
Distribution map
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 trichophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa trichophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales