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 scrub 1,2

Flower Description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract 2


Tufted perennial grass with culms to 0.8 m high 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The panicle has more than 8 spikelets and the leaves are prickly 2


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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1 Ellis, M. (unpublished).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