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Austrostipa metatoris (J.Everett & S.W.L.Jacobs) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett
Family Poaceae
Austrostipa metatoris (J.Everett & S.W.L.Jacobs) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*

Synonyms: Stipa metatoris J.Everett & S.W.L.Jacobs APNI*

Description: Caespitose perennial to 1 m high.

Leaves with ligule thinly leathery, broad-acute, obtuse to truncate, but always laciniate, densely ciliate, 1–2.2 mm long; auricles densely ciliate; blade mostly tightly inrolled, 2–4 mm wide, strongly ribbed and densely pubescent on upper surface, margins scabrous.

Panicle spreading at maturity, exserted but the base usually concealed, 15–25 cm long. Spikelets slightly gaping, 16–20 cm long (excluding awn). Glumes unequal, acuminate. Lemma 7–8 mm long, smooth, silky, brown at maturity; lobes 2, obtuse; coma of hairs 2.5–3.5 mm long. Callus straight, silky. Awn weakly twice bent, 5.5–6.5 cm long; column 2–2.5 cm long, 1.1–1.3 c. to the first bend. Palea slightly shorter than the lemma.

Flowering: in response to rain.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy areas of the Murray Valley.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
AVH map***

This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.

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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