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.E

Other sources of information about Aira:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Aira
Flora of Malawi: Aira

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aira
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aira
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aira
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aira
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aira
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aira

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Aira.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=132, retrieved 21 April 2019

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