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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

 

Publications

  • 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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