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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: Stipeae
Genus: Anemanthele
Species: A. lessoniana

Anemanthele Veldkamp, Acta Bot. Neerl. 34: 107 (1985)

monotypic taxon

Anemanthele lessoniana


Veldkamp, J.F. 1985. Acta Botanica Neerlandica 34: 107.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Anemanthele in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. 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, Anemanthele. Published online. Accessed: 2013 Oct. 27. 2013. Anemanthele. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 27 Oct. 2013.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Anemanthele. Published online. Accessed: 27 Oct. 2013.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Anemanthele.

Anemanthele is a genus of plants in the grass family native to New Zealand.[3][4]

The only known species is Anemanthele lessoniana, often called gossamer grass or New Zealand wind grass or pheasant's tail grass.[5] This is a naturally rare grass in the wild but it is widely cultivated for use as an attractive ornamental garden plant. It is marginal in zone 8, going dormant and deciduous in cold winters, but usually evergreen to semi-evergreen. It has green arching foliage to 3 feet in USDA 8, with highlights of orange, copper, and gold, especially in drier soils.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

Veldkamp, Jan Frederik. 1985. Acta Botanica Neerlandica 34: 107
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. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
Edgar, E. & H. E. Connor. 2000. Gramineae. Flora of New Zealand 5: 1–650.
"Seedaholic Anemanthele lessoniana 'Pheasant's Tail Grass'". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
"RHS Plant Selector - Anemanthele lessoniana". Retrieved 23 February 2020.

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