Meded. Rijks-Herb. 58A: 290 (1932) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Loosely tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect and cane-like, usually branched, to 120 cm high; leaves few, basal and cauline, sheaths smooth and glabrous; blade flat inrolled, to 15 cm long and 2.5 mm wide, glabrous on lower (abaxial) surface, scabrous to minutely hispid on upper surface; ligule densely ciliate, c. 0.5 mm long. Inflorescence a rather sparse, often interrupted, slender to somewhat spreading panicle, 10–30 cm long; glumes narrow-acuminate, sometimes with an awn to 2 mm long, purplish, the lower 6–10 mm long, the upper 7–12 mm long and up to 4 mm longer than the lower; lemma convolute, narrow-cylindric, 7–12 mm long, glabrous except for short, white callus hairs, surface smooth, pale or purplish; awn branches subequal, 13–25 mm long. Flowers mainly May–Aug. (3 records).
MuF, MuM, NIS. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Rare, known from very few collections near Benalla and Ouyen, in dry grassland or open shrubland.
Resembling the more widespread Aristida ramosa with which it was once included as a variety, but bigger in most parts and the lemma not exceeding the upper glume.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|