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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Pooideae
Tribus: Aveneae
Subtribus: Brizinae
Genus: Airopsis
Species: A. tenella

Airopsis Desv., J. Bot. (Paris) 1: 200 (1808)
monotypic taxon


Aeropsis Asch. & Graebn., Syn. Mitteleur. Fl. 2(1): 298 (1899).
Sphaerella Bubani, Fl. Pyren. 4: 320 (1901), nom. superfl.


Desvaux, N.A. (1808) J. Bot. (Desvaux) 1: 200.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Airopsis in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Oct. 27. Reference page.
Simon, B.K., Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T., Vorontsova, M., Brake, I., Healy, D. & Alfonso, Y. 2013. GrassWorld, Airopsis. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Oct. 27. 2013. Airopsis. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Oct. 27.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Airopsis. Published online. Accessed: 27 Oct. 2013.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Airopsis. .

Airopsis is a genus of southern European and northern African plants in the grass family.[3][4]


The only accepted species is Airopsis tenella, native to the western Mediterranean: Portugal, Spain, France incl Corsica, Italy incl Sicily, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco.[5]

formerly included[2]

Numerous other species were once included in Airopsis but are now regarded as better suited to other genera, including Aira Antinoria Dissanthelium Eragrostis Pentameris Periballia Poa Sphenopholis

Airopsis agrostidea – Antinoria agrostidea
Airopsis ampla – Pentameris ampla
Airopsis aurea – Pentameris aurea
Airopsis brevifolia – Poa secunda
Airopsis candolei – Antinoria agrostidea
Airopsis capillaris – Aira elegantissima
Airopsis caryophyllea – Aira caryophyllea
Airopsis cupaniana – Aira cupaniana
Airopsis insularis – Antinoria insularis
Airopsis involucrata – Periballia involucrata
Airopsis jubata – Eragrostis japonica
Airopsis laevis – Periballia laevis
Airopsis lendigera – Periballia laevis
Airopsis millegrana – Eragrostis airoides
Airopsis minuta – Periballia minuta
Airopsis multiculmis – Antinoria insularis
Airopsis obtusata – Sphenopholis obtusata
Airopsis pallida – Pentameris ampla
Airopsis peruviana – Dissanthelium peruvianum
Airopsis praecox – Aira praecox
Airopsis pulchella – Aira tenorei
Airopsis setacea – Aira elegantissima
Airopsis steudelii – Pentameris malouinensis
Airopsis triseta – Eriachne triseta
Airopsis tuberculata – Pentameris setifolia

See also

List of Poaceae genera


Desvaux, Nicaise Augustin. 1809. Journal de Botanique (Desvaux) 1: 200
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Watson L, Dallwitz MJ. (2008). "The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references". The Grass Genera of the World. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
Grassbase – The World Online Grass Flora
Altervista Flora Italiana, Nebbia globosa, Airopsis tenella (Cav.) Coss. & Durieu

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