Aristida personata Henrard

Meded. Rijks-Herb. 58A: 290 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-05-22
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-12
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Aristida
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aristida personata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aristida personata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Fans present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory