Austrostipa puberula (Steud.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*
Synonyms: Stipa puberula Steud. APNI*
Description: Caespitose perennial to 0.8 m high.
Leaves with ligule firm, truncate, ciliate, 0.2–0.5 mm long; auricles thickened, densely woolly; blade mostly rolled, flexuous, 1–2 mm wide, strongly ribbed on upper surface, pubescent to hirsute on lower surface.
Panicle spreading, exserted, 15–30 cm long. Spikelets gaping, 8–14 mm long (excluding awn). Glumes subequal, lower acuminate, upper acute. Lemma 4–6.5 mm long, smooth, silky, deep brown at maturity, the upper 0.5 mm glabrous to scabrous; coma of sparse stiff hairs, 0.4–0.7 mm long; lobes < 0.1 mm long. Callus curved. Awn twice bent, 2.5–6.5 cm long; column 1.5–2 cm long, 0.8–1 c. to the first bend. Palea subequal to the lemma.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in temperate mallee areas.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. Jacobs et al. (2008)
Taxon concept: Flora NSW vol 4 (1993); Jacobs, Whalley and Wheeler (2008) Grasses of NSW edn 4
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