G.299. Aristida L. - Bristle grasses

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Spikelets 1-flowered, disarticulating above the glumes, in terminal, lax or contracted, panicles; glumes persistent, narrow, usually 1-nerved. Lemma narrow, with hard callus at base, with or without a beak or twisted column; articulation present or 0, usually visible as a transverse darker line on the body of the lemma, occurring at the apex of the lemma or at the apex of the column; awns 3 (1 central, 2 lateral) or rarely 1, glabrous.

Worldwide: c. 330 species in warm regions of the world

Zambia: 29 taxa.

Aristida congesta

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
adscensionis L.N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,SDescription, Image
aemulans Melderis N
aequiglumis Hack.C,SLk
barbicollis Trin. & Rupr.SS
canescens HenrardSLk,S
congesta Roem. & Schult.SLkDescription, Image
cumingiana Trin. & Rupr.B,N,W,C,EN,E,W
denudata Pilg.B,N,CN,Mc,C,W
diminuta (Mez) C.E. Hubb.C,SN,S
hordeacea KunthN,SMc,S
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. macilenta (Henrard) MelderisC,SC,S
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. welwitschii (Rendle) MelderisB,N,W,CCb,N,Lk,W
leucophaea HenrardB,C,SLk,S
meridionalis HenrardB,N,SN,Lk,S,W
pilgeri HenrardB,SS,W
recta Franch.B,N,W,C,E,SCb,Mc,E,Lk,S,W
rhiniochloa Hochst.E,SE,SImage
scabrivalvis Hack. subsp. borumensis (Henrard) MelderisSS
scabrivalvis Hack. subsp. contracta (De Winter) MelderisSS
scabrivalvis Hack. subsp. scabrivalvis N,SMc,S
stenostachya Clayton NN,C
stipitata Hack. subsp. graciliflora (Pilg.) MelderisSS
stipitata Hack. subsp. ramifera (Pilg.) MelderisSS
stipitata Hack. subsp. robusta (Stent & J.M. Rattray) MelderisB,SS,W
stipitata Hack. subsp. spicata (De Winter) Melderis?W
stipitata Hack. subsp. stipitata B,SW
stipoides Lam.B,SW
textilis Mez N,SN,S
vestita Thunb.SS

Other sources of information about Aristida:

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Flora of Botswana: Aristida
Flora of Caprivi: Aristida
Flora of Malawi: Aristida
Flora of Mozambique: Aristida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aristida

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aristida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aristida
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aristida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aristida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aristida
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aristida

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Aristida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=150, retrieved 3 August 2020

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