Austrostipa elegantissima

Meaning of name: Austrostipa is from the Latin words austro, meaning southern, and stipa, meaning fibre. Elegantissima is from the Latin word elegans, meaning choisest, finest or most elegant.

Distribution: Occurs southwest of a line from Shark Bay to Kalgoorlie to Esperance. Also found in other southern Australian states.

Description: A grass to 3 metres tall, with white filamentous flowers from August to January.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. Third edition. 2019.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.