Alternative names: Stipa densiflora.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Native. Perennial. C3.
the florets have a single awned lemma
the lemma body is shorter than the glumes
the leaf-blade is inrolled or flat
the ligule is fringed and 0.5-4.0mm long
it is a tall grass (a metre or more) with a dense flower cluster
the nodes are finely hairy with short hairs
the awn is 34-45mm long and is sharply twice-bent
the hairs on the awn are 0.5-1mm long
the ring of hairs at the lemma apex is 1.2-2mm long
the glumes are 13-19mm long and with a thin texture, and often shred after the lemmas fall
the lemmas are 6-8mm long, brown and covered with white to yellowish hairs.
Uncommon. It is similar to Austrostipa mollis. It differs in the shorter lemmas and awns, the shorter glumes, and the compact dense flower clusters.
densiflora: densely flowered.
1. Lemma with awn. 2 Dense flower cluster. Both Castlemaine.