Seed head. Photo: Roger Grund, SA

Leaves. Photo: Roger Grund, SA

Common Name

Graceful Speargrass




Perennial grass to 1.5m tall.  Leaves with a hairy to hairless sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs.  Leaves to 50cm long, 3-10mm wide, hairless to slightly rough, the lower leaves flat, the upper leaves with the edges rolled inwards.  Spikelets with a violet tinge, becoming pale, 6-10mm long, excluding the awn.  Mature seed groups spreading.  Seeds with 1 long awn.

Description (as Stipa acrociliata) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 142

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