Telopea 6: 586 (1996) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1 m high, nodes pubescent. Leaves scabrous, sparsely pubescent; blade weakly to strongly inrolled, to 20 cm long and 3 mm broad; ligule ciliate 0.5–3 mm long. Inflorescence a loosely contracted panicle to 25 cm long. Glumes 14–20 mm long, purplish or green, acuminate, the lower 1–5 mm longer than upper; lemma 5–7.5 mm long, brown at maturity, finely granular, with appressed white to golden hairs; a short, sparse coma sometimes present; callus 1.5–3 mm long; awn twice bent, 30–60 mm long, 6–12 mm to the first bend, second bend sometimes obscure and the bristle often falcate, column densely plumose with a spiralling line of hairs 0.5–1.5 mm long; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers mostly Oct.–Dec.
CVU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, RobP, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA. Relatively rare in Victoria and known only from mallee-scrubs in the Sunset Country and Big Desert, from woodland near Stawell, and grassland at Toolern Vale near Melton.
Similar to, and sometimes mistaken for Austrostipa mollis, generally a more robust species which is widespread throughout the Victorian lowlands.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|