Aira elegantissima

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Aira elegantissima Schur

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

82C / 7b4c9a 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Aira elegantissima is a grass.

Naming

Aira elegantissima was described by Philipp Johann Ferdinand Schur in 1853. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aira elegantissima is a species in the genus Aira which contains approximately 10 to 41 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 25 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

Aira elegantissima is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Aira elegantissima produces panicles of purple flowers from May to August.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Aira elegantissima is native to France, the Iberian Peninsula, the Apennine Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, the Caucasus, Iran, Morocco and Algeria and is naturalized in North America.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Suited as cut flowers.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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