Austrostipa semibarbata

Fibrous Spear-grass

Erect tufted perennial grass. Nodes on flowering stem downy.

Additional information

  • SynonymStipa semibarbata
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm high, stems 0.3-0.9 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesUsually hairless, sometimes rough, inrolled leaves to 30 cm x 3 mm, becoming torn as they age.
  • Flower colourPurple or green, becoming straw-coloured
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersErect, dense flowerhead to 20 cm, florets single. Floral bract to 13 mm, reddish brown to black, fine grained, flattened white to yellow hairs except at top; bristle twice bent, 6-11 cm, twisted column covered in short downy hairs.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry soils in woodland and grassland. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useDrift through trees or use as accent plants in garden beds. 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.
  • Related speciesSimilar to Austrostipa mollis which has longer hairs spiralling in a single row on the column and smaller bracts at the base of each floret (16-22 mm).
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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