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Austrostipa blackii (C.E.Hubb.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett
Family Poaceae
Austrostipa blackii (C.E.Hubb.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*

Synonyms: Stipa blackii C.E.Hubb. APNI*

Description: Caespitose perennial to c. 1 m high.

Leaves with ligule truncate to shortly laciniate, leathery, ciliate, 0.3–1.5 mm long; auricles usually thickened and spreading, pubescent; blade expanded or weakly rolled, 2–5 mm wide, ribbed or slightly ribbed, scaberulous to pubescent.

Panicle exserted, contracted (although spreading at anthesis). Spikelets gaping after floret disarticulation, otherwise tightly closed, 10–19 mm long (excluding awn). Glumes unequal, acuminate. Lemma 5–8 mm long, slightly gibbous at maturity, tuberculate, scabrous with antrorse hooks at the apex, reddish brown; lobes minute; coma 2–5 mm long. Callus sharp, sturdy and curved. Awn strongly twice bent, 3–5 cm long. Palea subequal to the lemma.

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on heavier soils, heavily grazed.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by SWL Jacobs and J Everett 1993 (as Stipa)
Taxon concept: Flora NSW vol 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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