Agrostis venusta Trin.

Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, sér. 6, Sci. Math., Seconde Pt. Sci. Nat. 4: 340 (1841) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted glabrous annual (?perennial in lowland forms), culms erect, to 30 cm high. Leaf-blades folded, almost capillary, to 20 cm long in lowland forms (mostly less than 8 cm long in alps and subalps) and c. 0.5 mm wide; ligules obtuse, lacerated, mostly 1.5–3 mm long (to 6 mm in lowlands). Inflorescence an open panicle usually at least half as long as entire culm, the branches widely spreading at maturity. Spikelets 2.2–3.5 mm long, often dark purplish; glumes acute to acuminate, the lower usually slightly longer, keeled, scabrous along the keels; lemma c. two-thirds as long as spikelet, glabrous, awned from about or just below midway; awn exceeding spikelet by 1–2 mm; palea vestigial; anthers 0.2–0.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Largely restricted to alpine and subalpine grasslands of the eastern ranges where common, but apparently absent from the Baw Baws, and with scattered occurrences in the lowlands (e.g. Victoria Valley in the Grampians, Hamilton area, near Ballarat, French Is., Wingan River), including several areas from which the species has not been recorded in recent times (e.g. lower Loddon River, Portland, Ballarat).

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, 2019-01-07
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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 venusta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Agrostis venusta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory