Austrostipa puberula (Steud.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 80 cm high, nodes glabrous to pubescent. Leaves glabrous to shortly pubescent, blade inrolled, to 25 cm long and 1–2 mm wide when flattened; ligule ciliate, to 0.5 mm long, auricles with hair-tufts to 3 mm long. Inflorescence a loosely contracted panicle 15–30 cm long. Glumes 8–14 mm long, green or slightly purplish, acuminate, membranous, the lower 1–3 mm longer than upper; lemma 4–6 mm long, maturing to dark brown, smooth except for the scabrous neck, lightly to densely covered with appressed coppery hairs; coma erect, sparse, the hairs hardly longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 0.7–1.5 mm long; awn twice bent, 30–55 mm long, 8–10 mm to the first bend, scabrous; palea about equal to lemma, with a line of silky hairs down the centre. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

DunT, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Mostly confined to sandy tracts in the far north-west of the State, with isolated occurrences near Ararat, Horsham, Lake Bolac and Dartmoor. Often associated with calcareous soils. Apparently rare, but possibly overlooked in error for the similar, more widespread Austrostipa eremophila.

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 puberula Steud.).
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 puberula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa puberula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Murray Fans present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales