Austrostipa mollis (R.Br.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.2 m high, nodes pubescent or rarely glabrous. Leaves usually glabrous, sometimes scabrous, rarely pubescent; blade weakly to strongly inrolled, to 30 cm long and 4 mm broad; ligule ciliate 0.3–3 mm long. Inflorescence usually a densely contracted panicle to 30 cm long. Glumes 16–22 mm long, purplish or green, acuminate, subequal; lemma 7.5–9 mm long, pale or reddish brown at maturity, finely granular, with semi-appressed white to golden hairs except toward apex; callus 1.5–3 mm long; awn twice bent, 60–100(–110) mm long, 10–17 mm to the first bend, column plumose with a spiralling line of hairs 0.6–2 mm long; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Uncommon on the volcanic plains and absent from high altitudes but otherwise common and widespread; a very frequent component of sandy coastal heathlands, woodlands north of the Dividing Range, and mallee communities.

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 mollis R.Br.).
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 mollis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa mollis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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