Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI
Usually a densely tufted perennial, culms erect to 80 cm high, nodes glabrous, usually hidden by the sheaths. Leaves glabrous to shortly pubescent; blade slightly to strongly inrolled, to 30 cm long (but often much less), 1–2 mm broad, rather stiff; sheath rather broad and loose, often with a pale marginal stripe; ligule ciliate, 0.5–1.5 mm long, often bordered by a tuft of hairs and/or conspicuous auricular lobes to 3 mm long. Inflorescence a contracted, usually dense, panicle to 40 cm long, the base of the panicle usually concealed by uppermost leaf-sheath. Glumes shining, 8–13 mm long, light green, soon fading to straw-coloured, acuminate or acute, subequal; lemma 4–6 mm long, pale brown at maturity, smooth, with sparse, short white hairs; callus 1.2–2.2 mm long; awn falcate, 45–70 mm long, the straight part 6–11 mm long, finely scabrous; palea slightly shorter than lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Jul.–Dec.
DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Occurs primarily on deep sands in dry inland sites from the extreme northwest to the Bendigo district, usually associated with mallee-scrub, but sometimes on heavier soils associated with dry woodlands, but with a disjunct occurrence in grassland at Laverton to the southwest of Melbourne.
Austrostipa nitida, as currently understood, includes a polymorphic assemblage of plants. The type specimen has strikingly woolly orifices to the leaf-sheaths, a condition not known to occur in Victoria. Specimens differing appreciably in any of a number of features (e.g. robustness, flowering time, hairiness), all referable to A. nitida, may be found growing in the one area. These may constitute separate taxa, the differences between which have not yet been fully circumscribed or understood.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|