Austrostipa semibarbata (R.Br.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 90 cm high, nodes pubescent. Leaves usually glabrous, sometimes scabrous, rarely pubescent; blade inrolled to involute, to 30 cm long and 3 mm broad; ligule ciliate 0.5–2 mm long. Inflorescence a loosely contracted panicle to 20(–30) cm long. Glumes 20–27 mm long, purplish or green, soon becoming straw-coloured, acuminate, sub-equal; lemma 9–13 mm long, reddish brown to almost black at maturity, finely granular, with semi-appressed white to yellowish hairs except toward apex; callus 2.5–3.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 60–110 mm long, 18–30 mm to the first bend, column evenly pubescent with hairs 0.3–1.2 mm long; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Occurring in dry woodland, grassland, particularly of the volcanic plain, and coastal heathland.

Occasional specimens appear intermediate between Austrostipa semibarbata and A. mollis, but careful examination usually allows satisfactory separation of the species.

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 semibarbata R.Br.).
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 semibarbata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa semibarbata 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
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales