Austrostipa nodosa (S.T.Blake) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Usually a loosely tufted perennial, culms firm and rather stout, erect, to 120 cm high, nodes apparent, glabrous but sometimes shortly scabrous just below node. Leaves scabrous or pubescent; blade flat or slightly (rarely strongly) inrolled to 30 cm long, 1–2 mm broad, usually rather stiff; ligule ciliate, 0.5–1.5 mm long, often bordered by a tuft of hairs but usually lacking auricular lobes. Inflorescence a slender, rather sparse panicle to 50 cm long, the base of the panicle usually exserted beyond uppermost leaf-sheath. Glumes 10–15 mm long, usually remaining purplish until after lemma falls, acuminate or acute, subequal or the lower up to 2 mm longer than upper; lemma 4–7 mm long, golden brown at maturity, smooth, with sparse, short white or yellowish hairs; callus 1–3 mm long; awn falcate, 45–90 mm long, the straight part 5–12 mm long, finely scabrous or shortly pubescent; palea slightly shorter than or equal to lemma, with a sparse line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs mostly in dry country but typically on darker, more water-retentive and fertile soils than the very similar and virtually co-extensive Austostipa scabra.

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 nodosa S.T.Blake).
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 nodosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa nodosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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 Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory