Aristida havardii

Vasey
Common names: Havard’s threeawn
Synonyms: Aristida barbata
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 25. Treatment on page 324.

Plants perennial; cespitose. Culms 15-40 cm, slender, usually erect, occasionally decumbent, often tightly clustered into hemispheric clumps, unbranched. Leaves mostly basal; sheaths longer than the internodes, glabrous except at the summit; collars densely pilose; ligules 0.5-1 mm; blades 5-20 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, flat to loosely involute, glabrous. Inflorescences paniculate, 8-18 cm long, 4-12 cm wide, peduncles often flattened and easily broken; rachis nodes glabrous or with straight, less than 0.3 mm hairs; primary branches 2-6 cm, stiffly divaricate to reflexed, with axillary pulvini, usually naked on the lower 1/2 secondary branches usually absent. Spikelets usually divergent, pedicels usually with axillary pulvini. Glumes 8-12 mm, 1-veined, acuminate or awned, awns to 4 mm; calluses about 0.5 mm; lemmas 8-13 mm long, glabrous, smooth or scabrous, terminal 2-3 mm straight or with 1-2 twists, narrowing to 0.1-0.2 mm wide, junction with the awns not evident; awns (7) 10-22 mm, not disarticulating at maturity, from almost straight to somewhat curved basally, ascending to divergent distally; lateral awns slightly shorter and thinner than the central awns; anthers 3, 0.8-1 mm. Caryopses 8-10 mm, light-brown. 2n = 22.

Distribution

Okla., N.Mex., Tex., Kans., Ariz., Colo.

Discussion

Aristida havardii grows on dry hills and plains in desert grassland to pinyon-juniper zones, and in sandy to rocky ground from the southwestern United States to northern Mexico. It occasionally intergrades with A. divaricata, but that species differs in having more twisted lemma beaks, longer primary branches, well-developed secondary branches, and, usually, appressed spikelets.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

"decumbent" is not a number."elongated" is not a number.

... more about "Aristida havardii"
0.08 cm0.8 mm <br />8.0e-4 m <br /> (0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br />) +
Kelly W. Allred +
not disarticulating +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
7 cm70 mm <br />0.07 m <br /> (?) +
curved +, straight to somewhat +  and straight +
not evident +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (2.2 cm22 mm <br />0.022 m <br />) +
keeled +  and rounded +
coiled +, disarticulating +  and twisted +
intravaginal +, extravaginal +, branching +  and basal +
swelling +
straight +
5 cm50 mm <br />0.05 m <br /> (20 cm200 mm <br />0.2 m <br />) +
flat +  and loosely involute +
1mm;2mm +
spikelike +
well-developed +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (?) +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
non-radiate +  and radiate +
hemispheric +
Havard’s threeawn +
slender +
15 cm150 mm <br />0.15 m <br /> (40 cm400 mm <br />0.4 m <br />) +
not woody +
Okla. +, N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Kans. +, Ariz. +  and Colo. +
large +  and small +
capillary +
germination +
pistillate +  and staminate +
sometimes longer +
compressed +  and terete +
subtending +
awned +  and acuminate +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1.2 cm12 mm <br />0.012 m <br />) +
straight +
0 cm0 mm <br />0 m <br /> (0.03 cm0.3 mm <br />3.0e-4 m <br />) +
8cm +  and 18cm +
slightly shorter and thinner +
with 1-2 twists +  and straight +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1.3 cm13 mm <br />0.013 m <br />) +
scabridulous +
fusiform +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br />) +
coriaceous +
indistinguishable +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br />) +
inconspicuous +
concealed +  and prominent +
2 +  and 1 +
concealing +
0 +  and 1/2 +
flattened +
dry +  and fleshy +
2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br /> (6 cm60 mm <br />0.06 m <br />) +
not prolonged +
with straight , 0-0.3 mm hairs +  and glabrous +
1 (?) +  and Anatomy (?) +
1 +  and 60 +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
triangular +  and dome--shaped +
2 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
Aristida barbata +
Aristida havardii +
Aristida +
species +
membranous +
narrowing +
plant +  and cespitose +
aquatic +  and terrestrial +