Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides

Weeping grass

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous perennial, tufted or mat-forming, culms ascending, to 1 m high. Leaves semi-spreading; blade flat, 2–20 cm long, 1–12 mm broad, smooth and glabrous, scabrous or sparsely to copiously hairy; ligule a minute, membranous rim, less than 0.5 mm long; summit of sheath auriculate, usually with a few long hairs on the lobes. Inflorescence a narrow raceme or panicle, 5–18 cm long, weeping when fully expanded. Spikelets 13–40 mm long (including awns), green to dark purplish-brown, subsessile or with pedicels to 1 cm long; glumes 0.2–2.0 mm long, the lower usually about half as long as upper; callus 1–2 mm long, with a tuft or short bristles at base; lower sterile lemma generally shorter than upper, with awn shorter than, to much longer than body; awn of upper lemma at least as long as body, both awns scabrous, 5–7-nerved; fertile lemma slightly shorter than body of upper sterile lemma, keeled, acuminate, smooth; palea very narrow, from one- to two-thirds as long as fertile lemma; stamens 4. Flowers all year but mostly Oct.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All States. New Zealand. Occurs in a wide variety of natural habitats, also gardens, lawns and pasture.

An extremely variable species, occurring as solitary tussocks, small colonies or natural lawns which are commonly grazed by native and introduced mammals. A low-growing, particularly hairy form has been collected near Marlo in East Gippsland.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-01-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Microlaena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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