Telopea 6: 588 (1996) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|New South Wales|