Austrostipa elegantissima (Labill.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms branched, decumbent, to 2 m long, nodes apparent, glabrous. Leaves glabrous; blade flat or inrolled, to 12 cm long and 4 mm broad; ligule glabrous, truncate, often torn at apex, 2–7 mm long. Inflorescence a widely spreading, pyramidal panicle, to 25 cm long; panicle branches plumose with spreading silky hairs 1.5–3 mm long. Glumes 7–13 mm long, glumes purplish, sub-equal, pilose along the nerves; lemma 5–9 mm long, pale to dark brown at maturity, tuberculate, with short white hairs about the callus, otherwise glabrous or very sparsely hairy toward the apex; coma absent or very sparse, with hairs to 0.5 mm long; callus 0.5–1 mm long; awn once or twice bent, 30–50 mm long, the straight part 5–13 mm long, shortly pubescent; palea up to about one-half as long as lemma and thinly membranous, glabrous. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Scattered and locally common usually in mallee, dry-open woodland, and grassland communities from Mildura district to near Bendigo, east to Nathalia and Violet Town, with disjunct occurrences near Yalla-Y-Poora, Bacchus Marsh, Little River, Western Treatment Plant, Frankston etc. Occurs on a variety of substrates including granitic, shaly or calcareous cliffs, limestone-rich mallee soils, deep sand and saline flats, and  Quaternary basalt derived soils, mostly in areas of low effective rainfall.

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 elegantissima Labill.).
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 elegantissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa elegantissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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