Austrostipa setacea

Family Poaceae

Corkscrew Grass

Tufted perennial species to 80 cm high.

Flowers: Spring. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry, single seeded with a long twisted awn, maturing during spring and summer.

Seed: Dispersed by adhesion to passing animals and humans.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Rare in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • C3 cool season metabolism.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Austrostipa setacea plant

Austrostipa setacea flower 

Austrostipa setacea fruit