Austrostipa platychaeta (Hughes) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms occasionally branched, virtually erect, to 1.5 m long, nodes apparent, glabrous. Leaves glabrous, sometimes scabrous; blade flat or weakly inrolled, to 25 cm long and 8 mm broad; ligule glabrous, truncate or laciniate, 1–7 mm long. Inflorescence a sparse to dense panicle with spreading branches, to 30 cm long. Glumes 7–15 mm long, straw-coloured, acuminate, ciliate at the apex, the lower up to 5 mm longer than upper; lemma 4.5–6 mm long, dark brown at maturity, granular, with short white hairs becoming sparse toward apex; coma absent or very sparse, with hairs to 0.4 mm long; callus c. 1 mm long; awn falcate, 60–80 mm long, the straight part 8–15 mm long, scabrous, bristle flat; palea up to 1.5 mm shorter than lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

LoM, MuM, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Scattered and not common, restricted to the north-west chiefly in the Ouyen area, where occurring on deep, sometimes calcareous sands supporting mallee-scrub or Belah woodland.

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 platychaeta Hughes).
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 platychaeta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa platychaeta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales