Aristida behriana F.Muell.

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 44 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, simple, to 40 cm high. Leaves mostly basal, smooth and glabrous; blade loosely inrolled, to 20 cm long and 3 mm wide when flattened out; ligule densely ciliate, c. 0.2 mm long with tufts of hairs to 3 mm long at the sides. Inflorescence a dense, cylindric or ovoid panicle, to 15 cm long and 12 cm wide (including awns); glumes unequal, narrow-acuminate, the lower 7–12 mm long, the upper 14–20 mm long; lemma convolute, narrow-cylindric, 7–12 mm long, glabrous except for short, white callus hairs, surface smooth, pale or purplish; awn branches subequal, 25–60 mm long. Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. An uncommon grass of drier areas, occurring on light soils but apparently not on deep mallee sands, often occurring with Rytidosperma and/or Austrostipa species in remnant patches of grassland, or as an occasional ground layer species of Eucalyptus microcarpa or E. leucoxylon woodlands.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Aristida
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aristida behriana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aristida behriana 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
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory