Austrostipa variabilis

Austrostipa variabilis (Hughes)
S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett. Telopea 6: 589 (1996).

Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily Pooideae. Tribe Stipeae.

Basionym and/or
Replacement Name:
D.K.Hughes, Kew Bull. 1921, 15 (1921).

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: HT: Drummond 961, Australia:Western
Australia (K (photo, CANB); IT: MEL-59987).

Key references
(books and floras):
[1952] C.A.Gardner, Flora of Western Australia 1
Gramineae (182 as Stipa), [1981] M.Lazarides in J.Jessop (ed)., Flora
of Central Australia
(438 as Stipa), [2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon,
AusGrass, Grasses of Australia, [2009] A.Wilson (ed.). Flora of
, Vol 44A. Poaceae 2 (50).

[2009]. A.Wilson (ed.), Flora of Australia 44A: Poaceae 2 (44,
Fig 6).

Perennial. Culms erect, 30–80 cm tall, 1–1.5 mm diam., 1–3 -noded. Mid-culm
nodes glabrous or pubescent. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringed
membrane, a ciliolate membrane, 0.5–2 mm long, truncate. Leaf-blades flexuous,
involute or convolute, 9–25 cm long, 0.5–4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous
or indumented.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle or a panicle. Panicle linear, 10–35 cm long,
2–3 cm wide.

Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets 1-flowered, comprising 1 fertile
floret(s), without rachilla extension, lanceolate, terete, 10–15 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
similar, thinner than fertile lemma, shiny. Lower glume lanceolate, membranous,
much thinner above, without keels, 3 -nerved. Upper glume lanceolate, 8.5–15 mm
long, membranous, without keels, 5 -nerved. Upper glume surface asperulous.

Fertile lemma 6–8 mm long, without keel, 3 -nerved. Lemma surface indumented.
Lemma apex lobed, awned, 1 -awned. Median (principal) awn 50–70(–90) mm long
overall, with a twisted column. Column 11–25 mm long. Palea without keels.
Anthers 3. Grain 3–4 mm long.

: Africa and Australasia.

: Western Australia, South Australia.

Western Australia:
Austin. Eucla, Irwin, Drummond, Menzies, Eyre, Roe, Avon, Coolgardie. South
: Nullabor, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Yorke Peninsula,
Southern Lofty, South-eastern.

Notes. Southern Western
Australia and eastwards to southern regions of South Australia.


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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith