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Austrostipa wakoolica (Vickery, S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett
Family Poaceae
Austrostipa wakoolica (Vickery, S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*

Synonyms: Stipa wakoolica Vickery, S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett APNI*

Description: Densely caespitose perennial to 1 m high with conspicuously extravaginal innovations.

Leaves with ligule firm, obtuse to truncate, densely ciliate, 0.5–0.8 mm long; auricles spreading, the inner conspicuously tufted; blade expanded to inrolled, 1.5–2.5 mm wide at the base, slightly to strongly ribbed, densely pubescent and hirsute.

Panicle spreading, moderately dense, exserted at length, to 36 cm long. Spikelets gaping early in development, 11–15 mm long (excluding awn). Glumes unequal, acuminate. Lemma 5.5–6.5 mm long, smooth, silky, deep brown at maturity; coma of erect soft hairs 2–2.5 mm long; lobes 2, < 0.2 mm long. Callus fine and straight, hairy. Awn twice bent, 3.5–6 cm long. Palea subequal to the lemma (to 0.5 mm shorter).

Flowering: in response to rain.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on floodplains of the Murray R. tributaries.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, SWP

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
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)

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