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

Malawi: 10 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adscensionis L.C,SDescription, Image
cumingiana Trin. & Rupr.NDescription
denudata Pilg.SDescription
diminuta (Mez) C.E. Hubb.SDescription
hordeacea KunthNDescription
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. macilenta (Henrard) MelderisCDescription
junciformis Trin. & Rupr. subsp. welwitschii (Rendle) MelderisDescription
recta Franch.N,C,SDescription, Image
scabrivalvis Hack. subsp. borumensis (Henrard) MelderisN
textilis Mez N

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Flora of Botswana: Aristida
Flora of Caprivi: Aristida
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aristida
Flora of Mozambique: Aristida
Flora of Zambia: 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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Aristida.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=150, retrieved 1 March 2024

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