Chloris barbata

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Chloris barbata Sw.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Chloris barbata, commonly known as giant finger grass, swollen windmill grass, is a grass.

Naming

Chloris barbata was described by Olof or Olavo Swartz in 1797. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Chloris barbata is a species in the genus Chloris which contains approximately 63 to 78 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 20 to 100 centimetres.

Leaves

Chloris barbata has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Chloris barbata produces spikes of white flowers from August to September.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Chloris barbata is native to the tropics.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy or gritty-sandy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

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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