Genus Austrostipa

Group: 

Monocotyledon

Family: 
Genus description: 

Known as spear grass because mature seeds can penetrate the skin. Leaves are overlapping and hairy, ligule membranous. The inflorescence is a panicle of single stalked one-flowered spikelets which have a hard cylindrical lemma. The terminal awn twists and bends on drying and may be very long.

Austrostipa flavescens
Common names:
     Coast Spear-grass
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Austrostipa mollis
Common names:
     Supple Spear-grass
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Austrostipa semibarbata
Common names:
     Fibrous Spear-grass
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Austrostipa stipoides
Common names:
     Prickly Spear-grass
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