Austrostipa stuposa (Hughes) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 589 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 1.5 (–2.4) m high, nodes pubescent. Leaves smooth and glabrous, scabrous or pubescent, blade closely inrolled to flat, to 40 cm long and 3 mm wide; ligule ciliate, 0.5–4 mm long. Inflorescence a contracted or sometimes expanded panicle to 30 cm. Glumes 13–23 mm long, purplish or straw-coloured, acuminate but the tip readily eroding, membranous, the lower 1–4 mm longer than upper; lemma 6–12 mm long, dark reddish brown at maturity, granular, sometimes scabrous near the apex, covered with spreading white to golden hairs, coma slightly spreading, 1–3 mm long, the hairs usually longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 1.5–2.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 45–70 mm long, 6–13 mm to the first bend; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of hairs down the centre. Flowers Oct.–Dec

CVU, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuM, NIS, Strz, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Scattered in Victoria (e.g. Horsham district, near Melbourne, Bairnsdale area, and north of Mallacoota), occurring over a wide range of soil types and habitats.

Austrostipa stuposa is a variable species and seems to combine features of species with a coma such as A. blackii and those with hairy or plumose awns such as A. mollis.

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 stuposa Hughes).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-24
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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 stuposa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa stuposa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales