Austrostipa pubescens (R.Br.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*
Synonyms: Stipa pubescens R.Br. APNI*
Description: Caespitose perennial to 1.5 m high, with conspicuously extravaginal shoots from a short rhizome.
Leaves with ligule leathery, truncate or occasionally slightly obtuse, glabrous or ciliolate, 0.4–1.5 mm long; auricles slightly thickened; blade tightly rolled or expanded, to 4 mm wide, scarcely to densely pubescent to glabrous, ribbed on upper surface.
Panicle exserted, loosely contracted to spreading, sparse, to 30 cm long. Spikelets gaping widely, 15–24 mm long. Glumes unequal, narrow-truncate to slightly acute. Lemma 9.5–15 mm long, finely tuberculate, especially upwards, with sparse slightly reddish brown hairs below, reddish brown at maturity; coma and lobes absent. Callus weakly bent with slightly reddish brown hairs. Awn twice bent, 6–10 cm long. Palea 50–70% the length of the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and heath in sandstone areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by SWL Jacobs and J Everett 1993 (as Stipa)
Taxon concept: Flora NSW vol 4 (1993)
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