1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Aristida L.
      1. Aristida nitidula (Henrard) S.T.Blake

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms 35-82 cm long; 1 mm diam.; 1 -noded. Culm-internodes smooth; distally glabrous. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths antrorsely scabrous. Leaf-sheath oral hairs bearded; 3-4 mm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.5-1 mm long. Collar glabrous. Leaf-blades involute; 12-17 cm long; 0.7-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough abaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 17-28 cm long; 0.5-2 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 2-4 cm long; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Panicle branches scaberulous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 6.3-10.6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.3-1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 6.3-10.6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.3-1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 6.3-10.6 mm long; 1.1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface smooth to scabrous. Lower glume apex acute to setaceously attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 6.2-9.6 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface smooth to scabrous. Upper glume apex obtuse; muticous, or mucronate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; subterete; 6-10 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma surface tuberculate; rough above. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn spreading; flat below; with 8-27 mm long limb; without a column; persistent. Lateral lemma awns spreading as much as principal; 7-24 mm long; subequal to principal. Palea 0.2 length of lemma; without keels.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1.1-1.4 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; 4.6-6 mm long. Hilum linear; 0.5 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Aristideae. Simon 1993.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

    Aristida nitidula (Henrard) S.T.Blake appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 8, 1966 Cleland, J.B. [12], Northern Territory K000906163 Unknown type material
    Feb 1, 1965 Kempe, F.A.H. [4], Northern Territory K000906164 isotype

    First published in Trans. Roy. Soc. South Australia 67: 46 (1943)

    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
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    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