Austrostipa curticoma (Vickery) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.2 m high, nodes densely sericeous. Leaves glabrous or scabrous, sometimes sparsely pubescent; blade flat to inrolled, to 30 cm long and 2–5 mm wide when flattened out; ligule 0.5–1.5 mm long, minutely hairy abaxially with a tuft of longer hairs to 2 mm long at each side. Inflorescence a rather sparse panicle to 30 cm long. Glumes 12–16 mm long, purplish, acuminate, thinly membranous at the tip, the lower longer than upper by 2–5 mm; lemma constricted near the apex, 5.5–8 mm long, maturing to a deep reddish brown or nearly black, tuberculate, antrorsely scabrous near the apex, covered with slightly spreading white hairs, with a distinct 'bald patch' just below the neck, coma spreading, rather sparse, with hairs no longer than those of the body of the lemma (or very rarely to 2 mm); callus 1.5–2.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 35–65 mm long, 8–12 mm to the first bend, column pubescent with hairs 0.3–0.5 mm long, or virtually glabrous; palea about equal to lemma. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Moderately common in Themeda triandra grasslands on basaltic and other relatively fertile soils west of Melbourne (where often occurring with the similar Austrostipa bigeniculata), with outlying occurrences at Newstead near Castlemaine, near Violet Town, and between Benalla and Tocumwal (in Eucalyptus microcarpa-E. leucoxylon woodland).

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 curticoma Vickery).
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 curticoma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa curticoma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales