Austrostipa tenuifolia (Steud.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 589 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1 m high, glabrous; nodes often hidden within sheaths. Leaves smooth to scabrous, occasionally with scattered, short, stiff hairs; sheaths often purplish; blade loosely to tightly inrolled, to 25 cm long, to 1.5 mm diam.; ligule ciliate to woolly, 0.8–2.5 mm long. Inflorescence a sparse, slender panicle to 35 cm long, its base sometimes enclosed by uppermost leaf-sheath. Glumes 13–20 mm long, usually purplish initially, acuminate or acute, subequal or the lower up to 5 mm longer than upper; lemma 7–9 mm long, brown at maturity, granular for the most part, shortly tuberculate, with moderately dense short white to pale tan hairs, usually sparser toward the apex; coma sparse (if developed), to c. 1 mm long; callus 2–3 mm long; awn falcate, 70–100 mm long, the straight part 10–15 mm long, shortly pubescent to villous; palea slightly shorter than lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

MuM, NIS, VRiv. Also WA, SA. Known from only 2 collections in the north-central part of the state (Quambatook, Terrick Terrick) where growing in Callitris-dominated woodland.

The Victorian collections are significantly disjunct from the nearest occurrences in S.A. near the Victorian border. Its absence from N.S.W. is surprising.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-07
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 tenuifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa tenuifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia