Aristida ramosa R.Br.

Prodr. 173 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect and cane-like, usually branched, to 90 cm high; leaves few, basal and cauline, smooth and glabrous; blade inrolled, to 10 cm long and 1.5 mm wide when flattened out; ligule densely ciliate, c. 0.5 mm long, often with a few longer hairs at the sides. Inflorescence a sparse, slender to somewhat spreading panicle, to 15 cm long; glumes unequal to subequal, narrow-acuminate, purplish, the lower 4.5–6 mm long, the upper 5–7 mm long; lemma convolute, narrow-cylindric, 6–10 mm long, glabrous except for short, white callus hairs, surface smooth, pale or purplish; awn branches subequal, 6–20 mm long. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA (naturalised), Qld, NSW. Occasional in drier, often rocky sites, mostly in the north-east e.g. Euroa, Warby Ranges, Beechworth area, upper Snowy River, Suggan Buggan, with scattered occurrences elsewhere (Murtoa, Sunbury, Gippsland Plain, Suggan Buggan).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-05-21
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Aristida
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aristida ramosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aristida ramosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland 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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory