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Genus: Agrostis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are about 220 species worldwide (in temperate regions and at high altitudes in the tropics) of which 12 are native to southern Africa and two naturalised.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Agrostis avenacea


Agrostis barbuligera


Agrostis bergiana


Agrostis continuata


Agrostis eriantha


Agrostis griquensis

[= Polypogon griquensis]

Recorded from Northern Cape and Free State but it has not been collected since 1939. There is a possibility that it is an introduced alien species that never became naturalised (Fish 2006).


Agrostis lachnantha


Agrostis phalaroides


Agrostis polypogonoides


Agrostis producta

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Agrostis schlechteri


Agrostis subulifolia


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Agrostis gigantea


Agrostis montevidensis



  • Smook, L. [=Fish, L.] & Stirton, C.H. 1979. Notes on African plants. Naturalized Agrostis in South Africa: Agrostis avenacea and A. montevidensis. Bothalia 12: 637.


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