Austrostipa nivicola (J.H.Willis) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 80 cm high, nodes glabrous or pubescent. Leaves glabrous; sheath purple; blade involute, to 20 cm long and 1 mm diam., pungent at apex; ligule ciliate 0.4–1.5 mm long. Inflorescence a sparse, 8–20-flowered panicle to 20 cm long. Glumes 18–25 mm long, purplish at first, acute, the lower 1–5 mm longer than upper; lemma 11–15 mm long, brown at maturity, granular to minutely scabrous, with appressed golden hairs at least in the lower part; callus 2–3.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 80–110 mm long, 45–60 mm to the first bend; palea about equal to lemma, glabrous. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Scattered, but locally common in grassland, heathland or Eucalyptus pauciflora woodland at altitudes above 1500 m (e.g. Howitt Plains, Mt Buffalo, Bogong and Dargo High Plains). Prominent and flowering profusely in first seasons following fires, otherwise flowering is often sparse.

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 nivicola J.H.Willis).
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 nivicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa nivicola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory