Agrostis parviflora R.Br.

Prodr. 170 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted glabrous annual, culms erect, to 30 cm high. Leaf-blades flat, folded or filiform, to 10 cm long and 1.5 mm wide; ligules obtuse, 0.5–1.5 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle, to 9(–12) cm long and 5(–8) cm wide, the branches initially ascending but soon divaricately spreading, longest branches rarely more than 3 cm (and often less than 2 cm) long. Spikelets 1.5–2 mm long, green or purplish; glumes acute, subequal or the lower slightly longer, keeled, smooth or scabrous along the upper part of the keels; lemma subequal to the spikelet, glabrous, awnless; palea absent or minute (less than one-fifth as long as lemma); anthers 0.3–0.5 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

CVU, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Occasional in damp grassland and wetter alpine heaths throughout the snowfields, uncommonly also in wet shaded sites of lowland to montane forests.

Specimens from low to mid-altitude sites tend to be lankier plants that retain a relatively contracted inflorescence until maturity, whereas those from alpine sites have the branches widely spreading soon after anthesis. This may be ecotypic variation, or the lower-altitude plants may warrant formal recognition following further research.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Agrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Agrostis parviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Agrostis parviflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory