1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Aristida L.
      1. Aristida capillifolia Henrard

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms 20-80 cm long; 2 mm diam.; 3 -noded. Culm-internodes smooth; distally glabrous. Lateral branches ample. Leaf-sheaths longer than adjacent culm internode; smooth, or scaberulous. Leaf-sheath oral hairs pubescent; 0.3-0.4 mm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.3-0.5 mm long. Collar glabrous. Leaf-blades filiform; involute; 3-10 cm long; 0.5-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough on both sides.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 6-25 cm long; 0.5-2 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 0.5-1 cm long. Panicle axis pubescent. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3.5-8.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.6-1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3.5-8.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.6-1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet, or reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 4.6-8 mm long; 0.8-0.9 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein smooth, or scabrous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute, or acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 5.3-8.5 mm long; 1-1.1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein smooth, or scabrous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex emarginate, or obtuse; muticous, or mucronate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; subterete; 6.4-7.4 mm long; coriaceous; pallid, or light brown; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous; rough above. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn curved; spreading; flat below; with 8-16 mm long limb; without a column; persistent. Lateral lemma awns spreading as much as principal; 8-14 mm long; subequal to principal. Palea 0.2 length of lemma; without keels.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; 4-5.8 mm long. Hilum linear; 0.5-0.7 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Aristideae. Simon 1993.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia

    Aristida capillifolia Henrard appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Helms, R. [22], Australia K000906025
    Helms, R. [70], Australia K000906026 Unknown type material
    Helms, R. [70], Australia K000906027
    Helms, R. [s.n.], Australia K000906028 Unknown type material

    First published in Meded. Rijks-Herb. 58A: 298 (1932)

    Accepted by

    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0