Amphipogon strictus R.Br.

Grey-beard Grass

Prod. 175 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, producing culms at close intervals from the horizontal rhizome; culms erect, 20–40 cm high, glabrous. Leaves glabrous or sparsely ciliate; blade closely folded, acute or obtuse at apex, mostly 1.5–8 cm long and c. 1 mm diam.; ligule densely ciliate, 0.5–1 mm long. Inflorescence to 2 cm long, rarely more; glumes unequal, ovate, 4–7 mm long, the upper exceeding the lower by 1–2 mm, papery, with short, scattered, tubercle-based hairs and a few longer cilia in the upper part; lemma 10–12 mm long (including awns), the body virtually smooth, half as long as the awns or slightly less, 3-nerved, with 2 lines of silky hairs between the mid and lateral nerves; awns densely ciliate, spreading at maturity; margin of lemma membranous, produced at each side into a deciduous wing about half as long as awns. Flowers Oct.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Scattered through (mainly) southern Victoria, occurring on sandy or gravelly, often seasonally wet soils, usually associated with heathland or woodland.

Previously 4 varieties of A. strictus were recognised but these are now included in a more broadly circumscribed species.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-27
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Amphipogon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Amphipogon strictus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Amphipogon strictus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians 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
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales