Slender bamboo grass; bamboo spear grass
Vascular – Exotic
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Robust, tussock-forming. Flowering culms (stems) to 2 m tall, with branches in distinct whorls (verticils); flower lemmas with awns about 35 mm long. When seed falls, the two white-ish glumes remain, spread apart.
austrostipa: From the Latin australis ‘southern’, and stipa ‘fiber’