Agrostis australiensis Mez

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 302 (1921) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted glabrous annual or perennial, culms erect, to 20 cm high. Leaf-blades folded, to c. 5 cm long and 0.5 mm wide; ligules obtuse, 1–2 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle, to 15 cm long and 10 cm wide, its base often only shortly exserted from the upper leaf-sheath, the branches finally spreading but remaining inclined to the culm, the longest branches more than 3 cm long. Spikelets 2–2.7 mm long, often dark purplish; glumes acuminate, the lower usually slightly longer, keeled, scabrous along the keels; lemma shorter than the spikelet by 0.5–0.8 mm, glabrous, awnless; palea absent or minute (less than one-fifth as long as lemma); anthers 0.2–0.5 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

GGr, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Locally common in moist alpine grasslands and margins of bogs (e.g. Cobberas, Bogong High Plains, Nunniong Plateau, Dargo High Plains, Mt Buffalo) but apparently absent from the Baw Baws.

While commonly considered an annual, in many, if not most, situations more likely a perennial, but with rather tender, annually replaced foliage. Not infrequently occurring with the similar A. muelleriana and/or A. parviflora.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-08-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Agrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Agrostis australiensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Agrostis australiensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory