Austrostipa flavescens

Common Name:

Coast Spear-grass



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEKNPTWXZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Vegetated dunes and near-coastal sands on the Isthmus 1

Flower Description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract 2


Tall, tufted, perennial grass to 100 cm tall 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has leaves to 70 cm long and 7 mm wide. The awn is no longer than 60 mm and is bent twice 1,2


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria