Austrostipa nodosa

Knotty Spear-grass

Loosely tufted perennial grass with stout erect flowering stems, nodes much wider than stems. Leaves basal and on stems. Flowerhead rises from uppermost leaf sheath.

Additional information

  • SynonymStipa nodosa
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm high, stems 0.5-1.2 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough or downy, stiff, flat to weakly inrolled leaves to 30 cm x 1-2 mm.
  • Flower colourPurple, becoming straw-coloured
  • Flowering timeAugust to October
  • FlowersSlender, sparse flowerhead to 50 cm long with single florets. Floral bract 4-7 mm long, golden brown, smooth, few short white or yellow hairs; bristle sickle-shaped, 45-90 mm, column small, rough or downy.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained to dry fertile soils in woodland and open forest. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useGraceful grass with attractive flowerheads. Drift through trees or use as accent plants in garden beds and rockeries. Tip of florets can be sharp, penetrating skin of people, pets and stock.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Widespread in northern abnd western Victoria.
Photographer/s: Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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