Austrostipa hemipogon (Benth.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 586 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-06
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 hemipogon in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa hemipogon 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
Robinvale Plains present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales