Is it a native?
Rough Spear-grass - native (Austrostipa scabra ssp falcata)
Alternative names: Stipa scabra ssp falcata
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
- the panicle is open and sparse
- the glumes are longer than the lemma body and the glumes are 8-15mm long
- the awn is once bent and curved like the blade of a sickle
- the leaves are rolled into a cylinder
- the base of the plant is leafy
- the nodes (along the stalk) are smooth or finely hairy
- the lemmas are 4.5-6.5mm long (excluding the awn), golden-brown (when mature) and with dense short hairs
- the awns are 40-70mm long, 5-8mm to the bend, with very short hairs giving a rough feel
- the ligules are truncate, fringed, membranous, and 0.3-1.5mm long.
Very common in grassland and along roadsides. It is shorter (30-40cm) than the other local spear grasses. The smaller height, the open flower spray and the sickle-shaped awns are distinctive.
scabra: rough to the touch, like fine sandpaper; falcata: sickle-shaped.
1: Flower cluster. Most of the fresh awns have not yet curved. 2: Mature flower spray with curved awns. 3: The flower cluster is sparse. 4: Panicle branch. Some of the lemmas have fallen. Castlemaine.