Austrostipa rudis (Spreng.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

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 rudis Spreng.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-09
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Austrostipa rudis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa rudis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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