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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.

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    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect; 60-120 cm long; 1 mm diam. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths scaberulous. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; convolute; 7-40 cm long; 1-2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough adaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; 10-20 cm long. Primary panicle branches ascending, or spreading; 2-3 -nate; 4-9 cm long. Panicle axis scabrous. Panicle branches capillary; flexuous; scaberulous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear; subterete; 10-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1.5 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear; subterete; 10-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1.5 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Glume
    Glumes similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume linear; 7-8 mm long; 0.66-0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scaberulous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume linear; 10-12 mm long; 1.4-1.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex attenuate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 1.5 mm long.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma linear; subterete; 7 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3-branched; recurved at base of limb; with 30 mm long limb; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn 12-13 mm long. Lateral lemma awns spreading less than principal; 25 mm long; shorter than principal.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Papuasia.
    Reference
    Aristideae. Henrard 1994.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    New Guinea

    Aristida meraukensis Henrard appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Meded. Rijks-Herb. 54C: 725 (1933)

    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.

    Sources

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

    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