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

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted perennial, culms fine (less than 1.5 mm diam. at base), erect, to 0.6 m high, nodes finely pubescent. Leaves pubescent; blade tightly involute to 20 cm long and 0.5 mm diam., flexuose; ligule ciliate, 0.5–1.5 mm long, with lateral hair-tufts to 2 mm long. Inflorescence a sparse slender panicle 8–15(–20) cm long. Glumes 8–11 mm long, purplish, acuminate, thinly membranous throughout, the lower longer by 2–4 mm than upper; lemma 5–6 mm long, maturing to dark brown or black, minutely granular, lightly covered with semi-appressed, white to golden hairs; coma erect with hairs no longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 1–1.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 35–55 mm long, 9–15 mm to the first bend, column shortly pubescent or scabrous; palea slightly shorter than lemma, silky-hairy along the centre line. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, Gold, VVP. Also WA, SA. Rare in Victoria, largely confined in Victoria to drier woodlands near Mt Cottrell, Melton, and Bacchus Marsh, but also collected from near Bendigo and Mt Langi Ghiran; possibly overlooked elsewhere.

Very similar to Austrostipa flavescens and A. mundula.

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 exilis 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 exilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa exilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia