1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Aristida L.
      1. Aristida papuana Veldkamp

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Culms 25-45 cm long. Culm-internodes distally glabrous. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 7-12.5 cm long; 0.5-1.7 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; lanceolate; 10-13 cm long; 4 cm wide; bearing few spikelets. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 10-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; 1-1.5 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 10-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; 1-1.5 mm long; pubescent; acute.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 6-7 mm long; 0.6-0.7 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1(-3) -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate; mucronate, or awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 0.5-1 mm long. Upper glume lanceolate; 10-12 mm long; 1.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acuminate; mucronate, or awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 0.8-2 mm long.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; subterete; 6-7 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3-branched; with 30 mm long limb; with twisted column; persistent. Column of lemma awn 5.5-8 mm long. Lateral lemma awns 30 mm long; subequal to principal.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1.25 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Papuasia.
    Reference
    Aristideae. Veldkamp 1997.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    New Guinea

    Aristida papuana Veldkamp appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Blumea 37: 228 (1992)

    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