G.197. Agrostis L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a many-flowered panicle, open or contracted, sometimes spike-like. Spikelets 1-flowered, bisexual, laterally flattened, disarticulating above the glumes at maturity. Glumes subequal, persistent, 1-nerved; apex acute to acuminate, awnless. Lemma 3-5-nerved, membranous or hyaline; apex truncate or emarginate, awnless or dorsally awned or awned between 2 lobes.

Derivation of name: from Greek, agros meaning a field, the place where grass is found

Worldwide: c. 220 species in temperate regions throughout the world and on tropical mountains

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Scopula minorata Larval foodplant
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
continuata StapfC,EDescription, Image
lachnantha NeesN,W,C,EDescription
producta Pilg.EDescription

Other sources of information about Agrostis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Agrostis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Agrostis
Flora of Malawi: Agrostis
Flora of Mozambique: Agrostis
Flora of Zambia: Agrostis

External websites:

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

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: Agrostis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=134, retrieved 21 May 2024

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