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

Mozambique: 13 taxa.

Aristida congesta

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adscensionis L.N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
barbicollis Trin. & Rupr.N,Z,MS,GIDescription
bipartita (Nees) Trin. & Rupr.M
congesta Roem. & Schult.GI,MDescription, Image
diminuta (Mez) C.E. Hubb.Z,TDescription
hordeacea KunthNDescription
leucophaea HenrardGIDescription
meridionalis HenrardGIDescription
mollissima Pilg. subsp. argentea (Schweick.) MelderisGI
recta Franch.Z,MSDescription, Image
stipitata Hack. subsp. graciliflora (Pilg.) MelderisGI,MDescription
stipitata Hack. subsp. ramifera (Pilg.) MelderisMDescription
vestita Thunb.TDescription

Other sources of information about Aristida:

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Flora of Botswana: Aristida
Flora of Caprivi: Aristida
Flora of Malawi: 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
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
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 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Aristida.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=150, retrieved 30 November 2023

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