Austrostipa eremophila (Reader) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 585 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 0.9 m high, nodes densely sericeous. Leaves glabrous to finely pubescent; blade mostly tightly inrolled to 30 cm long, 1.5–4 mm wide when unrolled; ligule minutely hairy abaxially, 0.5–1.5 mm long, auricles of sheath erect, to 2 mm long. Inflorescence a slender, usually dense panicle to 30 cm long. Glumes 14–23 mm long, usually purplish, narrow, acuminate, thinly membranous throughout, the lower longer by 2–5 mm than upper; lemma evenly tapered to base, slightly to distinctly constricted near the apex, 6–9 mm long, maturing to a deep golden brown, antrorsely scabrous near the apex, otherwise smooth, densely covered with appressed, shining, golden hairs, with a conspicuous patch below the apex which is either glabrous or sparsely covered by much shorter hairs, coma erect with hairs not or hardly longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 2–4 mm long; awn twice bent, 5–10 cm long, 7–16 mm to the first bend, column shortly pubescent to almost glabrous; palea about equal to lemma, densely silky-hairy along the centre line. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. WA, SA, NSW. Scattered but widespread on deep sandy soils chiefly in the north-west and in the Wimmera (but with an outlying occurrences near Hamilton, Wangaratta), usually associated with mallee-scrub and heathland vegetation.

An apparent hybrid has been recorded between this species and Austrostipa drummondii. See note under the latter.

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 eremophila Reader).
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 eremophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa eremophila 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
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales