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,SDescription
congesta Roem. & Schult.SLkDescription, Image
cumingiana Trin. & Rupr.B,N,W,C,EN,E,WDescription
denudata Pilg.B,N,CN,Mc,C,WDescription
diminuta (Mez) C.E. Hubb.C,SN,SDescription
hordeacea KunthN,SMc,SDescription
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. macilenta (Henrard) MelderisC,SC,SDescription
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. welwitschii (Rendle) MelderisB,N,W,CCb,N,Lk,WDescription
leucophaea HenrardB,C,SLk,SDescription
meridionalis HenrardB,N,SN,Lk,S,WDescription
pilgeri HenrardB,SS,WDescription
recta Franch.B,N,W,C,E,SCb,Mc,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
rhiniochloa Hochst.E,SE,SDescription, Image
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.) MelderisSSDescription
stipitata Hack. subsp. ramifera (Pilg.) MelderisSSDescription
stipitata Hack. subsp. robusta (Stent & J.M. Rattray) MelderisB,SS,WDescription
stipitata Hack. subsp. spicata (De Winter) Melderis?WDescription
stipitata Hack. subsp. stipitata B,SWDescription
stipoides Lam.B,SWDescription
textilis Mez N,SN,S
vestita Thunb.SSDescription

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aristida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aristida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aristida
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iNaturalist: Aristida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aristida
JSTOR Plant Science: Aristida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aristida
Plants of the World Online: Aristida
Tropicos: Aristida
Wikipedia: Aristida

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Aristida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=150, retrieved 13 April 2024

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