Scientific names: Austrostipa variabilis
Plant family: POACEAE
Species description: Habit. Perennial. Young shoots intravaginal. Culms erect, 3080 cm high, 11.5 mm diam., 13 -noded. Mid-culm nodes glabrous, or pubescent. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringed membrane, a ciliolate membrane, 0.52 mm long, truncate. Leaf-blades flexuous, involute or convolute, 925 cm long, 0.54 mm wide. Surface glabrous or indumented. Apex attenuate. Inflorescence. Inflorescence compound, an open panicle or a congested or contracted panicle, exserted. Panicle linear, 1035 cm long, 23 cm wide. Primary panicle branches appressed, 23 cm long. Pedicels 25 mm long. Spikelets solitary. Female fertile spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets. Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets, without rachilla extension, of 1 fertile floret with or without additional sterile florets, lanceolate, terete, 1015 mm long, breaking up at maturity. Floret callus evident. Glumes. Glumes similar, exceeding apex of florets, thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate, 1015 mm long, 1 length of upper glume, 3 -nerved, membranous, much thinner above, without keels, acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate, 8.515 mm long, 5 -nerved, membranous, with hyaline margins, without keels, surface asperulous, acuminate. Florets. Fertile lemma lanceolate, 68 mm long, coriaceous, without keel, 3 -nerved. Lemma surface indumented, pubescent, margins convolute, lobed, awned, 1 -awned, geniculate, 5070(90) mm long overall, with twisted column. Column 1125 mm long, pubescent. Palea 1 length of lemma, without keels. Anthers 3.
Habitat: Between road and railway line.