Austrostipa drummondii (Steud.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted annual or perennial, culms erect to 80 cm high, nodes pubescent, usually hidden by the sheaths. Leaves densely short-pubescent; blade rather stiff, flat to slightly, rarely closely inrolled, to 20 cm long (often less than 10 cm), 2–7 mm broad; sheath loosely enveloping the culm, the uppermost usually with broad, pale, glabrous margins; ligule ciliate 0.5–2 mm long. Inflorescence a contracted to spreading, rather dense panicle to 40 cm long, the base of the panicle often partly concealed by uppermost leaf-sheath. Glumes 8–12 mm long, often purplish, acuminate or acute, sometimes toothed just below apex, the lower up to 2 mm longer than upper; lemma sometimes with a slight constriction just below apex, 4–6 mm long, brown to almost black at maturity, finely granular, with semi-appressed white hairs, often sparse toward apex; callus 1.3–2.5 mm long; awn falcate, 50–90 mm long, the straight part 10–19 mm long, column densely pubescent with hairs 0.3–1 mm long; palea slightly shorter than lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Abundant on gypsum-rich soils within grassland and at the margins of samphire low-shrubland in the far north-west, less common in mallee-scrub areas. Often common following fire.

A collection from near Ouyen in the far northwest combines features of Austrostipa drummondii (habit, broad pale-margined leaf-sheaths, pubescent falcate awn) and A. eremophila (golden hairs on lemma with 'bald patch' below summit). The specimen is apparently non-fertile, with poorly developed anthers and no mature or developing grain and is presumably a result of hybridization.

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 drummondii Steud.).
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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Austrostipa drummondii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa drummondii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native

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