Austrostipa blackii (C.E.Hubb.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 584 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.2 m high, nodes densely sericeous. Leaves (at least the lower ones) distinctly pubescent; blade expanded to inrolled to 30 cm long and 2–5 mm wide; ligule 0.3–1.5 mm long, minutely hairy with a tuft of longer hairs at each side. Inflorescence typically a slender contracted panicle to 30 cm long. Glumes 10–18 mm long, purplish, acuminate, thinly membranous and often torn between the nerves at the tip, the lower 2–7 mm longer than upper; lemma slightly to distinctly constricted near the apex, 5–7.5 mm long, maturing to deep reddish or golden brown, tuberculate, sometimes antrorsely scabrous near the apex, covered with slightly spreading white or golden hairs; coma spreading, 2–5 mm long, typically dense, the hairs distinctly longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 1.2–2.5 mm long; awn sometimes slightly eccentric, twice bent, 28–40 mm long, 6–10 mm to the first bend; palea about equal to lemma. Flowers mostly Nov.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, SnM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Occurs most commonly on deep sands in the west, and on rocky sites in the east.

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 blackii C.E.Hubb.).
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 blackii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa blackii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray 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
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
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales