1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Aristida L.
      1. Aristida forsteri B.K.Simon

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect; 25-50 cm long; 1-1.5 mm diam.; 2-3 -noded. Culm-internodes scaberulous; distally glabrous. Culm-nodes glabrous. Lateral branches sparse. Leaf-sheaths mostly shorter than adjacent culm internode; striately veined; scaberulous; glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.6 mm long. Collar glabrous. Leaf-blades involute; 7-14 cm long; 1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 7-13 cm long; 1 cm wide. Primary panicle branches appressed; 1-2 cm long. Panicle branches scaberulous; with insignificant pulvini. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3.5-4.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; 0.4 mm long; pubescent; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.7 mm long.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3.5-4.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; 0.4 mm long; pubescent; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.7 mm long.
    Glume
    Glumes lower deciduous, upper persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; 1.1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scabrous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute; mucronate. Upper glume lanceolate; 3.2-4.2 mm long; membranous; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scabrous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute; mucronate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma linear; subterete; 2.5 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous; rough above. Lemma margins involute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn with 8 mm long limb. Lateral lemma awns 6 mm long; shorter than principal.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; sulcate on hilar side; 2 mm long. Embryo 0.33 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Aristideae. Simon 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Queensland

    Aristida forsteri B.K.Simon appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Austrobaileya 4: 147 (1994)

    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

    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