Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI
Tufted, shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect, to 1.3 m high, nodes pubescent. Leaves usually scabrous, sometimes shortly pubescent, rarely smooth and glabrous; blade inrolled, folded or flat, to 40 cm long and 5 mm broad; ligule ciliate 0.5–2 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle to 50 cm long. Glumes 8–15 mm long, purplish or green, truncate, subequal or the lower up to 3 mm longer than upper; lemma 5–11.5 mm long, pale to deep reddish brown at maturity, scabrous at least near apex, with appressed white or tawny hairs on the lower half, sometimes extending to apex of lemma to form a short sparse coma; callus 0.8–3.2 mm long; awn twice bent, 30–90 mm long, 5–30 mm to the first bend, column scabrous to shortly pubescent with hairs to 0.3 mm long; palea slightly shorter than lemma with a line of sparse hairs down the centre.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim.
3 subspecies have been recognized by Everett & Jacobs (1983), but their treatment of the species acknowledges the existence of intermediate specimens and the allocation of intermediates to a particular subspecies as being arbitrary.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|