Aristida

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted glabrous annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades folded or involute, rarely flat; ligules ciliate. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered; glumes paired, persistent, the lower sometimes longer than upper; lemma firm, more or less terete with the margins overlapping or inrolled and opposed, awn trifid with or without a spirally twisted column between the lemma and awn-branches; palea hyaline, much shorter than lemma.

About 350 species, cosmopolitan, mostly tropical or sub-tropical; 56 species in Australia, 9 in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-12
 
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