Austrostipa crinita

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Austrostipa crinita
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Genus: Austrostipa
Species: A. crinita
Binomial name
Austrostipa crinita
(Gaudich.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett

Austrostipa crinita is a species of grass that grows in coastal parts of midwest Western Australia.


It is a tufted perennial bunchgrass from 40 centimetres to 70 centimetres in height. Flowers are yellow or brown. It reproduces asexually by short rhizomes.[1]


It was first collected from Shark Bay in Western Australia by Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré, botanist to the expedition of Louis de Freycinet. It was published by Gaudichaud-Beaupré in 1829 under the name Stipa crinita. That name remained current until 1996, when the Australian species of Stipa were recognised as meriting their own genus. Thus Austrostipa was erected, and this and other species were transferred into it.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It occurs on sand and limestone in coastal areas of midwest Western Australia,[1] including offshore islands such as those of the Houtman Abrolhos.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Austrostipa crinita (Gaudich.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  2. ^ "Austrostipa crinita (Gaudich.) S.W.L.Jacobs & J.Everett". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Judith M. (2001). "A flora and vegetation survey of the islands of the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia". CALMScience. 3 (4): 521–623.  Data also available in McCrea, Jo, ed. (October 2003). "Inventory of the Land Conservation Values of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands". Fisheries Management Paper No. 151. Department of Fisheries, Government of Western Australia. ISSN 0819-4327. Retrieved 2008-02-02.