Austrostipa mundula (J.M.Black) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted perennial with a shortly creeping rhizome, culms erect, to 60 cm high, nodes pubescent. Leaves smooth and glabrous or scabrous; sheath often purplish, blade rigidly erect, tightly involute, to 20 cm long, less than 1 mm diam.; ligule to 3 mm long. Inflorescence usually a sparse panicle to 15 cm long. Glumes 12–17 mm long, purplish, acuminate, membranous, the lower 1–4 mm longer than upper; lemma 6.5–8 mm long, maturing to reddish brown, granular, sparsely covered with semi-appressed white to golden hairs; coma obscure with hairs not or hardly longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 2.2–3 mm long; awn twice bent, 50–80 mm long, 10–16 mm to the first bend, shortly pubescent; palea about 0.5 mm shorter than lemma, silky-hairy along the centre line. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

Brid, DunT, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also WA, SA. Uncommon to rare, occurring on sandy soils in mallee-scrub and in low woodland, e.g. Big and Little Deserts, Mt Arapiles, with an isolated occurrence on limestone in the lower Glenelg area of the south-west.

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 mundula J.M.Black).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-09-07
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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 mundula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Austrostipa mundula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia