Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|