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Deschampsia cespitosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Tribe: Poeae
Subtribe: Airinae
Genus: Deschampsia

See text.

  • Airidium Steud.
  • Avenella Bluff ex Drejer
  • Campelia Kunth (orth. var.)
  • Campella Link
  • Czerniaevia Ledeb. (nom. inval.)
  • Erioblastus Honda
  • Homoiachne Pilg.
  • Lerchenfeldia Schur
  • Monandraira Desv.
  • Podionapus Dulac
  • Vahlodea Fr.

Deschampsia is a genus of grasses in the family Poaceae, commonly known as hair grass[3] or tussock grass. There are 30 to 40 species.

Deschampsia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Antler Moth, The Clay, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches, Dusky Brocade, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Smoky Wainscot and Wall.

Deschampsia sometimes grow in boggy acidic formations, an example of which is the Portlethen Moss, Scotland. D. antarctica is the world's most southern monocot, and one of only two flowering plants of Antarctica.

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  1. ^ a b "Genus: Deschampsia P. Beauv.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1999-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  2. ^ "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". 
  3. ^ "Deschampsia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  4. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Deschampsia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 

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