Austrostipa stipoides

Common name: 

Prickly Spear-grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (ENPTZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas

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

Coastal sea-cliffs, coastal dune scrub1,2

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract2


Tufted perennial grass with culms to 0.8 m high2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The panicle has more than 8 spikelets and the leaves are prickly2

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria