Austrostipa breviglumis (J.M.Black) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 584 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms usually branched, virtually erect, to 1.6 m high, up to 1 cm diam. at base, nodes apparent, glabrous. Leaves glabrous or finely scabrous; blade flat or inrolled, to 20 cm long and 1–2.5 mm broad; ligule glabrous, truncate, acute or laciniate at apex, 1–7 mm long. Inflorescence a slender, sometimes interrupted cylindric panicle, to 40 cm long. Glumes 4–6.5 mm long, green to purplish-grey, the lower up to 2 mm longer than the upper and more acute; lemma tapered to a slight neck, 3–4.5 mm long, pale brown at maturity, granular with short white hairs, absent or reduced near the scabrous neck; coma sparse, with hairs to 0.2 mm long; callus c. 0.5 mm long; awn weakly once or twice bent, 25–40 mm long, the straight part 5–9 mm long, smooth or minutely scabrous; palea 1–2 mm shorter than lemma, with a line of scattered hairs down the centre. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, Gold, MuM, NIS, VRiv, VVP. Also SA. Scattered and uncommon to rare. Usually occurring on skeletal soils in drier areas of central to mid-western Victoria (e.g. Inglewood, St Arnaud) with outlying occurrences near Bacchus Marsh west of Melbourne.

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 breviglumis J.M.Black).
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 breviglumis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa breviglumis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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Western Australia
South Australia