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.
|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|