Austrostipa densiflora (Hughes) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.5 m high, nodes densely pubescent. Leaves pubescent; blade inrolled to flat, to 45 cm long and 5 mm broad; ligule ciliate 0.5–4 mm long. Inflorescence a dense contracted panicle to 30 cm long. Glumes 13–18 mm long, purplish or green, acuminate, shortly pubescent between the nerves, the lower 1–3 mm longer than upper; lemma 5.5–7 mm long, brown at maturity, scabrous, with spreading white to golden hairs, lacking from apical area; callus 1.2–1.8 mm long; awn twice bent, 30–45 mm long, 10–13 mm to the first bend, column plumose with hairs 0.5–1.5 mm long; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Except for the far west, widespread through the state. Occurs almost exclusively amongst rocks or on very shallow soil overlying rock, and most common in drier elevated sites.

Although Willis (1970) included Austrostipa densiflora (as Stipa) in his concept of A. semibarbata, the morphological and ecological differences between these two entities (and the very similar A. mollis) are consistent enough to maintain them as distinct species.

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 densiflora Hughes).
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 densiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa densiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory