Perennial grass to 1m tall. Leaves at the base of the plant and alternating up the stems. Leaves with a hairy or hairless sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaves 20-40cm long, 2-4mm wide, hairy, with the edges rolled inwards, margins rough. Spikelets 16-20mm long, excluding the awn. Mature seed groups spreading. Seeds with 1 long awn. Vulnerable Australia. Vulnerable NSW. Protected NSW.
PlantNET description with line drawings: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Austrostipa~metatoris
ausgrass2 description with line drawing: http://ausgrass2.myspecies.info/content/austrostipa-metatoris
NSW Department of Environment & Heritage profile: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspeciesapp/profile.aspx?id=10080