Is it a native?
Tasmanian Spear-grass - native (Austrostipa stuposa)
Alternative names: Stipa stuposa, Quizzical Spear-grass
Native. Perennial. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
- it is a tall grass (a metre or more)
- the panicle is usually contracted or moderately open
- the glumes are longer than the lemma body and 13-23mm long, with a pointed tip which readily erodes
- the leaves are flat or rolled into a cylinder
- the ligule is truncate, membranous. fringed and 0.5-4mm long
- the hairs at the base of the awn are 1-3mm long and not very conspicuous
- the awn is feathery-hairy, and the lemmas have a granular surface
- the nodes (along the stalk) have short, downy hairs
- the lemmas are 6-12mm long (excluding the awn), dark reddish-brown (when mature), and the tip of lemma is hairless
- the awns are 45-70mm long, 6-13mm to the first bend; with long hairs 1.5-2.5mm long.
stupa: flax, tow-like, referring to a mass of tangled filaments.
1: Lemma with twice-bent awn. Castlemaine. 2: Mature flower cluster. 3: Freshly opened flower cluster.