Austrostipa stipoides (Hook.f.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 589 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to c.0.8 m high, nodes remaining concealed by sheaths. Leaves glabrous; blade closely inrolled, appearing terete, to 70 cm long and 1 mm diam., pungent at apex; ligule glabrous, 2–8 mm long. Inflorescence a contracted panicle to 20 cm long. Glumes 12–20 mm long, straw-coloured, rarely purplish, acute, subequal; lemma 8–13 mm long, brown at maturity, evenly covered with spreading white hairs, apical lobes 1–2.5 mm long; coma obscure; callus 1–2.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 20–40 mm long, 4–10 mm to the first bend, scabrous; palea subequal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Coastal, common along sea-cliffs in the east, absent or uncollected from most of the west but known from the far west near Nelson and along cliffs of the lower Glenelg River to at least 25 km upstream of its mouth.

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 stipoides (Hook.f.) Veldkamp).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Austrostipa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Austrostipa stipoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa stipoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales