Aristida pennata (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Aristida karelinii
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Aristida pennata (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Bromus danthoniae
Aristida pennata


Aristida pennata Trin.

Local name:

  • Russian: Триостница перистая, уркочи-селин - triostnica peristaja, urkoči-selin
  • Uzbek, Turkmen: Urkochi-selin

Description and morphology: Perennial bunch grass (height about 40 cm, 20–25 cm diameter). Filamentous root system superficial, horizontal roots extending up to 5–6 m from plant. Flowers: bisexual; small, without perianth.

Reproduction: Mainly sexual, but also vegetative (less than A. karelinii). Entomophilous. Flowering: June. Fruit maturation: June–August.

Pastoral importance: A most valuable forage (better than A. karelinii), well consumed by all animals both in spring and winter, either directly or as hay.

Fodder value: At early vegetation stage, green forage contains (% DM): protein 9.5; fat 1.6; fibre 35; nitrogen-free extract 34; moisture 12.

Habitat: Psammophyte (more drought-resistant than A. karelinii). Mostly found on fixed sand of sandy flats or inter-dune depressions.

Distribution: Typical plant of the southern desert of Central Asia, Caucasus, western Siberia, Iran and China.