Austrostipa semibarbata

Common name: 

Fibrous Spear-grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wimmera, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEHJKMNPRSTVWXZ) also WA, SA, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Coastal heath1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Tufted perennial grass to 90 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The leaf blade is inrolled and to 30 cm long and 4 mm broad. The longest hair on the awn is 0.3- 1 mm long1

Image of Austrostipa semibarbata
Image of Austrostipa semibarbata
Image of Austrostipa semibarbata
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria