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Austrostipa pubescens (R.Br.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett
Family Poaceae
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.

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and heath in sandstone areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
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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