Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI
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).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|