Speargrass, Rough Speargrass; Slender Speargrass; Delicate Speargrass
Perennial grass 30-80cm tall. Leaves with a smooth, hairy, or rough sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaves to 25cm long, 0.7-2mm wide, folded together lengthwise, rolled, or the edges rolled inwards, rough, hairy or hairless, the edges smooth, minutely hairy, or rough. Spikelets brown, 8-15mm long, excluding the awn. Mature seed groups spreading to cylindrical. Seeds with one long awn.
Ssp. scabra has a narrow infloresecence, and ligules 0.6-1mm long (needs a microscpe to measure).
Ssp. falcata has a spreading inflorescence, and ligules 0.3-0.6mm long (needs a microscpe to measure).
Description and photo (as Stipa scabra) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 145
ausgrass2 description, photos, and line drawing: http://ausgrass2.myspecies.info/content/austrostipa-scabra