Austrostipa gibbosa (Vickery) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 586 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.5 m high, nodes pubescent. Leaves glabrous or sparsely pubescent, sometimes scabrous; blade flat, channelled or inrolled to 30 cm long and 5 mm broad when flattened; ligule to 0.8 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle to 40 cm long. Glumes 11–17 mm long, green, acuminate, membranous, the lower 1–4 mm longer than upper; lemma with a conspicuous dorsal hump near apex, 4.5–6.5 mm long, maturing to dark reddish brown or black, granular, lightly covered with semi-appressed white to golden hairs, often with a bald patch just below the apex; coma erect, 0.6–2 mm long; callus 1–1.5 mm long; awn eccentric, strongly twice bent, 25–35 mm long, 5–8 mm to the first bend; palea about equal to lemma, glabrous. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Uncommon, mostly confined to heavy alluvial or basalt-derived soils.

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 gibbosa Vickery).
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 gibbosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa gibbosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales