Austrostipa muelleri (Tate) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous perennial, culms branched, wiry, erect or decumbent, to 1 m long, nodes glabrous. Leaves glabrous; blade closely inrolled, to 25 mm long and 1 mm diam., soon deciduous; ligule glabrous, c. 0.2 mm long. Inflorescence a reduced panicle 2–5 cm long, of 1–4 spikelets. Glumes 18–30 mm long purplish, narrowly truncate, subequal; lemma 13–20 mm long, brown at maturity, evenly covered with short white hairs, apical lobes c. 3 mm long; coma absent; callus 2–3 mm long; awn once or twice bent, 50–100 mm long, the straight part 40–70 mm long, minutely pubescent; palea 3–5 mm shorter than lemma with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP. Also SA. Locally common in heathy woodland formations on poorly drained, infertile soils, but of disjunct occurrence from near Noojee to the SA border.

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 muelleri Tate).
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 muelleri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa muelleri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales