Austrostipa scabra (Lindl.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 60 cm high, nodes apparent, glabrous, scabrous or shortly pubescent. Leaves smooth, scabrous or shortly pubescent; blade strongly folded to involute, to 30 cm long, to 1 mm diam.; ligule ciliate, 0.5–1.5 mm long. Inflorescence a panicle to 30 cm long, the base occasionally concealed by uppermost leaf-sheath. Glumes 8–15 mm long, usually purplish initially, soon becoming straw-coloured, acuminate or acute, subequal or the lower up to 4 mm longer than upper; lemma 4.5–6.5 mm long, golden brown at maturity, smooth, with moderately dense short white hairs; callus 1–3 mm long; awn falcate, 40–70 mm long, the straight part 5–8 mm long, scabrous; palea slightly shorter than lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim.

Two subspecies are recognized; however, intermediate specimens are occasionally encountered and also (rarely) populations of both subspecies within the same vicinity may occur.

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 scabra Lindl.).
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Austrostipa scabra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa scabra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory