Aristida congesta

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Tassel three-awn
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Aristidoideae
Genus: Aristida
A. congesta
Binomial name
Aristida congesta
Roem. & Schult.

Aristida congesta (tassel three-awn, Afrikaans: Aapstertsteekgras) is a species of grass native to all provinces of South Africa as well as Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. The SANBI Red List classifies it as "safe."[1]

SANBI mentiones two subspecies:

Aristida congesta Roem. & Schult. subsp. congesta Aristida congesta Roem. & Schult. subsp. barbicollis (Trin. & Rupr.) De Winter[2][2]

It is a thick perennial tussock that grows 10-75 cm high. The leaves can be flat or folded. The plumes are 3-20 cm long. The spikelets have uneven husks. The upper portion is the widest, at 6.5-10 mm. It can be found on deciduous woodland on rocky slopes and weathered areas.[3]


Sketch by Roem and Schult

It has little value for grazing except when young:

Header text EIW SWIW LnregWIW
Grazing Response Index[4] 1 1.3 1.04


  1. ^ "SANBI Red List entry". SANBI.
  2. ^ "Red List entry". SANBI.
  3. ^ "FAO". UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
  4. ^ "P C V du Toit Objektiewe weidingsindekswaardes van Nama-Karoo plantegroei: grasse en bossies van die Karoo". Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute.