Leersia

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cutgrasses
Leersia hexandra.jpg
Leersia hexandra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Ehrhartoideae
Tribe: Oryzeae
Genus: Leersia
Sw. 1788 not Hedw. ex Batsch 1802 (moss in family Encalyptaceae)
Type species
Leersia oryzoides
(L.) Sw.
Synonyms[1]

Leersia is a genus of plants in the grass family which includes species known generally as cutgrasses.[2][3]

The genus is widespread across many countries on all the inhabited continents.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

It was named for the German botanist Johann Daniel Leers (1727-1774).[12]

Species[1]
  1. Leersia angustifolia Prodoehl - Sudan
  2. Leersia denudata Launert - from Kenya to Cape Province
  3. Leersia drepanothrix Stapf - from Guinea to Uganda
  4. Leersia friesii Melderis - from Uganda to Botswana
  5. Leersia hexandra Sw. - Africa, Eurasia, Australian, North + South America, various islands
  6. Leersia japonica (Honda) Honda - China, Japan, Korea
  7. Leersia lenticularis Michx. - central + eastern USA
  8. Leersia ligularis Trin. - Latin America + West Indies from Coahuila to Paraguay
  9. Leersia monandra Sw. - Texas, Florida, Mexico, West Indies
  10. Leersia nematostachya Launert - Cameroon, Angola, Zambia
  11. Leersia oncothrix C.E.Hubb. - Zambia
  12. Leersia oryzoides (L.) Sw. - Eurasia (from Azores to Primorye), North America (Canada, USA, northeastern Mexico)
  13. Leersia perrieri (A.Camus) Launert - Madagascar
  14. Leersia sayanuka Ohwi - China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam
  15. Leersia stipitata Bor - Thailand
  16. Leersia tisserantii (A.Chev.) Launert - from Guinea to Namibia
  17. Leersia triandra C.E.Hubb. - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon
  18. Leersia virginica Willd. - eastern Canada, eastern + central USA
formerly included[1]

see Arthraxon Digitaria Hygroryza Maltebrunia Megastachya

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External links[edit]

Media related to Leersia at Wikimedia Commons