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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: Poeae
Subtribus: Coleanthinae
Genus: Colpodium
Species: C. biebersteinianum – C. chionogeton – C. hedbergii – C. Kochii – C. oreades – C. psidicum – C. trichopodum – C. versicolor – C. verticillatum

Colpodium Trin., Fund. Agrost.: 119 (1820) emend. Tkach et al. (2020)

Type species: Colpodium versicolor (Steven) Schmalh., Fl. Sredn. Yuzhn. Rossii 2: 638 (1897)


Zingeria P.A.Smirn., Byull. Moskovsk. Obshch. Isp. Prir., Otd. Biol., n.s., 51(2): 67 (1946)
Keniochloa Melderis, Svensk Bot. Tidskr. 50: 538 (1956)
Zingeriopsis Prob., Novosti Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 14: 12 (1977)


Trinius, C.B. von 1820. Fundamenta Agrostographiae 119, pl. 7.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Colpodium in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 11. Reference page.
Tkach, N., Schneider, J., Döring, E., Wölk, A., Hochbach, A., Nissen, J., Winterfeld, G., Meyer, S., Gabriel, J., Hoffmann, M.H. & Röser, M. 2020. Phylogenetic lineages and the role of hybridization as driving force of evolution in grass supertribe Poodae. Taxon 69(2): 234–277. DOI: 10.1002/tax.12204 Open access Reference page.
Tropicos.org 2021. Colpodium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 11.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Colpodium. Published online. Accessed: 11 Dec. 2013.

Colpodium is a genus of plants in the grass family, native primarily to Asia but with a few species on certain mountains in Africa.[6][7][4][8][9][10]


Colpodium altaicum Trin. ex Ledeb. - Altai Mountains (Altai Krai, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Kazakhstan)
Colpodium araraticum (Lipsky) Woronow ex Grossh. - Turkey, Armenia
Colpodium baltistanicum Dickore - Jammu-Kashmir
Colpodium chionogeiton (Pilg.) Tzvelev - Kenya, Tanzania
Colpodium colchicum (Albov) Woronow ex Grossh. - Circassia, Turkey
Colpodium drakensbergense Hedberg & I.Hedberg - KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho
Colpodium fibrosum Trautv. - northeastern Turkey
Colpodium gillettii Bor - Iraq
Colpodium hedbergii (Melderis) Tzvelev - Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
Colpodium himalaicum (Hook.f.) Bor - Jammu-Kashmir
Colpodium humile (M.Bieb.) Griseb. - Xinjiang, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan
Colpodium lakium Woronow - Dagestan
Colpodium lanatiflorum (Roshev.) Tzvelev - Siberia
Colpodium nutans (Stapf) Bor - Uttarakhand, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh
Colpodium oreades (Peter) E.B.Alexeev - Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Colpodium parviflorum Boiss. & Buhse - Iran, Turkey, Caucasus
Colpodium ponticum (Balansa) Woronow - Turkey
Colpodium tibeticum Bor - Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal
Colpodium variegatum (Boiss.) Boiss. ex Griseb. - Iran, Turkey
Colpodium versicolor (Steven) Schmalh. - Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Caucasus
Colpodium violaceum (Boiss.) Griseb. - Iran, Iraq
Colpodium wallichii (Hook.f.) Bor - Nepal, Sikkim

formerly included [5]

see Arctagrostis Arctophila Catabrosa Dupontia Festuca Hyalopoa Muhlenbergia Periballia Phippsia Poa Puccinellia Pucciphippsia Sporobolus

Colpodium afghanicum - Festuca olgae
Colpodium aquaticum - Catabrosa aquatica
Colpodium arundinaceum - Arctagrostis arundinacea
Colpodium compressum - Muhlenbergia torreyana
Colpodium drakensbergense - Catabrosa drakensbergensis
Colpodium elbursense - Catabrosa aquatica
Colpodium filifolium - Puccinellia filifolia
Colpodium fulvum - Arctophila fulva
Colpodium ivanoviae - Hyalopoa lanatiflora
Colpodium junceum - Sporobolus junceus
Colpodium lakium - Hyalopoa lakia
Colpodium lanatiflorum - Hyalopoa lanatiflora
Colpodium langei - Dupontia fisheri
Colpodium latifolium - Arctagrostis latifolia
Colpodium malmgrenii - Arctophila fulva
Colpodium minutum - Periballia minuta
Colpodium monandrum - Phippsia algida
Colpodium mucronatum - Arctophila fulva
Colpodium nutans - Hyalopoa nutans
Colpodium pamiricum - Puccinellia pamirica
Colpodium pauciflorum - Poa glauca
Colpodium pendulinum - Arctophila fulva
Colpodium planifolium - Poa planifolia
Colpodium ponticum - Hyalopoa pontica
Colpodium pusillum - Pentameris pusilla
Colpodium thomsonii - Poa infirma
Colpodium tilesii - Arctagrostis arundinacea
Colpodium × vacillans - Pucciphippsia vacillans
Colpodium wrightii - Puccinellia wrightii


Lectotype designated by means of exclusion of the only other possible candidate, by Griseb., in Ledeb. Fl. Rossica 4: 384. 1853
Tropicos, Colpodium Trin.
International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants see §10, which specifies that the lectotype of a genus name must be a name cited in the original protologue, even if that name is now considered a synonym
Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 311 小沿沟草属 xiao yan gou cao shu Colpodium Trinius, Fund. Agrost. 119. 1822.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Trinius, Carl Bernhard von. 1820. Fundamenta Agrostographiae page 119 in Latin
Trinius, Carl Bernhard von. 1820. Fundamenta Agrostographiae plate 7 line drawings of floral structures of Colpodium sp.
Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal , Colpodium wallichii (Hook. f.) Bor,
Bor, Norman Loftus. 1960. Grasses of Burma, Ceylon, India and Pakistan (excluding Bambuseae). Pergamon Press, Oxford UK.
Dickoré, W. B. 1995. Systematische revision und chorologische analyse der Monocotyledoneae des Karakorum (Zentralasian, West-Tibet). Flora Karakorumensis: I. Angiospermae, Monocotyledoneae. Stapfia 39:1–290
The Plant List search for Colpodium
Mill, R. R. 1985. Eremopoa, Nephelochloa, Catabrosella, Colpodium, Hyalopoa, Catabrosa, Paracolpodium, In: Davis, P. H. (ed.). 9: 486–501. In P. H. Davis, Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh

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