G.191. Aira L.

Description of the genus

Small annuals. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 2-flowered, (both florets bisexual), laterally flattened, disarticulating above the glumes and between the florets. Glumes subequal and similar, persistent, usually hyaline, awnless, enclosing the florets except for the awns. Lemmas shorter than the glumes, dorsally rounded, 5-nerved, geniculately dorsally awned from below the middle; apex acute to acuminate, usually 2-dentate.

Worldwide: 8 species in Europe, and the Mediterranean to Iran.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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caryophyllea L.EDescription

Other sources of information about Aira:

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Flora of Caprivi: Aira
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aira
Flora of Malawi: Aira

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aira
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aira
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aira
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aira
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Aira
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aira
JSTOR Plant Science: Aira
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aira
Plants of the World Online: Aira
Tropicos: Aira
Wikipedia: Aira

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Aira.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=132, retrieved 25 May 2024

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