Meaning of name: Austrostipa is from the Latin words austro, meaning southern, and stipa, meaning fibre. Compressa is from the Latin word compressus, meaning pressed together, compressed or flattened.
Distribution: Found south-west of a line from Geraldton to Bremer Bay.
Description: A grass to 45 centimetres tall, the green flowers are borne from September to December.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.