Thatching grass
Hyparrhenia rufa
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Supertribe: Andropogonodae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Andropogoninae
Genus: Hyparrhenia
Andersson ex Fourn.
Type species
Hyparrhenia foliosa
(Kunth) Andersson ex Fourn.[1]
  • Dybowskia Stapf

Hyparrhenia is a genus of grasses.[3][4] Many species are known commonly as thatching grass.[5][6][7][8]

They are mostly native to tropical Africa; some can be found in warmer areas in temperate Eurasia, Australia, and Latin America. These are annual and perennial bunch grasses. The inflorescence branches into twin spikes of paired spikelets.[9][10][11]

formerly included[2]

see Andropogon Elymandra Exotheca Hyperthelia Parahyparrhenia


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Clayton, Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 2: 38 (1969)
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Fournier, Eugène Pierre Nicolas. 1886. Mexicanas Plantas 2: 51, 67 in Latin
  4. ^ Tropicos, Hyparrhenia Andersson ex E. Fourn
  5. ^ Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  6. ^ Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 631 苞茅属 bao mao shu Hyparrhenia Andersson ex Fournier, Mexic. Pl. 2: 51, 67. 1886.
  7. ^ "Altervista Flora Italiana genere hyparrhenia". Archived from the original on 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  8. ^ Atlas of Living Australia
  9. ^ Filgueiras, T. S. 1981. O genero Hyparrhenia (Gramineae) no Brasil. Anais do XXXII Congresso Nacional de Botanica 44–57.
  10. ^ Pohl, R. W. 1994. 164. Hyparrhenia Andersson ex Fourn. 6: 393–394. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Flora Mesoamericana. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
  11. ^ Sanbi, Red List of South African Plants