Aristida calycina var. calycina

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender tufted perennial, culms erect, branched or simple, to c .70 cm high; leaves mostly cauline, sheaths smooth and glabrous; blade loosely to closely inrolled, to 18 cm long and 2 mm wide when flattened, smooth on lower (abaxial) surface, minutely hispid above; ligule densely ciliate, c. 0.3 mm long, with a few longer hairs at the sides. Inflorescence a sparse to mid-dense, slender panicle, to 18 cm long; glumes initially purplish, equal or the upper longer by c. 1 mm, acuminate to shortly mucronate, 6–10 mm long; lemma involute, narrow-cylindric, 5.5–7.5 mm long, glabrous except for short, white callus hairs, surface smooth (including margins of ventral groove), pale or purplish with darker mottling; awn branches 10–17(–20) mm long, the lateral pair shorter by 1–4 mm than the central one. Flowers mostly summer, but potentially throughout the year following rain.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, NT, Qld, NSW, ACT. Rare in Victoria and scattered in the north-central and north-east (Euroa, Benalla, Strathmerton areas), drier areas of Gippsland (Dargo, Swifts Creek) and isolated western occurrences near the northern Grampians.

The only Victorian Aristida that has a ventrally grooved lemma without tubercles lining the groove.

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, 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 calycina var. calycina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aristida calycina var. calycina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory