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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: Aristaveninae
Genus: Deschampsia
Species: D. airiformis – D. amurensis – D. angusta – D. airiformis – D. argentea – D. aurea – D. baicalensis – D. barkalovii – D. berteroana – D. bolanderi – D. cespitosa – D. chapmanii – D. christophersenii – D. chrysantha – D. cordillerarum – D. danthonioides – D. domingensis – D. elongata – D. eminens – D. gracillima – D. gulariantzii – D. hackelii – D. hultenii – D. ircutica – D. kingii – D. klossii – D. koelerioides – D. laguriensis – D. laxa – D. leskovii – D. liebmanniana – D. looseriana – D. magadanica – D. media – D. mejlandii – D. mendocina – D. mildbraedii – D. nubigena – D. ovata – D. parvula – D. patula – D. podophora – D. pseudokoelerioides – D. pusilla – D. robusta – D. sajanensis – D. seledetzii – D. setacea – D. shiretokoensis – D. shumshuensis – D. sichotensis – D. susumanica – D. tenella – D. venustula – D. wacei


Deschampsia P.Beauv., 1812

Type species: Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) P.Beauv.


Monandraira E.Desv., 1854 (in Gay, Fl. Chil. 6:341)
Type species: Monandraira berteroana (Kunth) E.Desv. (=Deschampsia berteroana (Kunth) Trin.)
Airidium Steud., 1854 (Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1:423)
Type species: Airidium elegantulum Steud. (=Deschampsia elegantula (Steud.) Parodi)
Aristavena F.Albers & Butzin, 1977 (Willdenowia 8(1):83)
Type species: Aristavena setacea (Huds.) F.Albers & Butzin. (=Deschampsia setacea (Huds.) Hack.)
Campella Link, Hort. Berol. 1: 122 (1827).
Czerniaevia Turcz. ex Griseb. in C.F.von Ledebour, Fl. Ross. 4: 422 (1852).
Podionapus Dulac, Fl. Hautes-Pyrénées: 82 (1867).
Scribneria Hack., Bot. Gaz. 11: 105 (1886).
Erioblastus Honda ex Nakai, Rep. Veg. Daisetsusan: 73 (1930).


Palisot de Beauvois, A.M.F.J. 1812. Ess. Agrostogr.:91.
Chiapella, J. & Zuloaga, F.O. 2010. A Revision of Deschampsia, Avenella, and Vahlodea (Poaceae, Poeae, Airinae) in South America. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97(2): 141-162. DOI: 10.3417/2008115 Full text PDF from ResearchGate Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Deschampsia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Nov. 30. Reference page.
Soreng, R.J., Davis, J.I. & Voionmaa, M.A. 2007. A phylogenetic analysis of Poaceae tribe Poeae sensu lato based on morphological characters and sequence data from three plastid-encoded genes: Evidence for reticulation, and a new classification for the tribe. Kew Bulletin 62: 425–454.

Vernacular names
беларуская: Вострыца
English: Wavy Hair Grasses
Esperanto: deskampsio
suomi: Lauhat
Nordfriisk: Kaatbiard
polski: Śmiałek
русский: Луговик, Щучка

Deschampsia is a genus of plants in the grass family, commonly known as hair grass[6] or tussock grass. The genus is widespread across many countries.[7][8]

The genus is named for French physician and naturalist Louis Auguste Deschamps (1765–1842).[7][9]

Deschampsia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some species of Lepidoptera, including antler moth, the clay, clouded-bordered brindle, common wainscot, dark arches, dusky brocade, shoulder-striped wainscot, smoky wainscot and wall.

Deschampsia sometimes grow in boggy acidic formations, an example of which is the Portlethen Moss, Scotland. Deschampsia antarctica is the world's most southern monocot,[10][11] and one of only two flowering plants of Antarctica.[12][13]

Some species, such as D. cespitosa and D. flexuosa, are grown as ornamental garden plants.

Deschampsia airiformis (Steud.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks. – Chile, Argentina[5]
Deschampsia angusta Stapf & C.E.Hubb. – Zaire, Kenya, Uganda
Deschampsia antarctica E.Desv. – Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Crozet Islands, Heard-McDonald Islands, Kerguelen Islands, South Sandwich Islands
Deschampsia argentea Lowe – Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands
Deschampsia atropurpurea (Wahlenb.) Scheele – northern Eurasia, North America, Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia baicalensis Tzvelev – Irkutsk
Deschampsia berteroniana (Kunth) F.Meigen – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia bottnica (Wahlenb.) Trin. – Kvarken Archipelago (part of Finland)
Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) P.Beauv. – temperate, subarctic, and alpine regions in North America, Eurasia, Africa, Australia, various islands
Deschampsia chapmanii Petrie – New Zealand incl Antipodes, Macquarie Islands
Deschampsia christophersenii C.E.Hubb. – Tristan da Cunha
Deschampsia cordillerarum Hauman – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia danthonioides (Trin.) Munro – Annual hairgrass – Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, western USA, Mexico
Deschampsia elongata (Hook.) Munro – Chile, Argentina, United States including Alaska, Canada, Mexico
Deschampsia flexuosa (L.) Trin – Eurasia, alpine areas in Africa; northern North America, southern South America, Falkland Islands
Deschampsia foliosa Hack. – Azores
Deschampsia gracillima Kirk New Zealand including Antipodes, Tasmania
Deschampsia kingii (Hook.f.) É.Desv. – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia klossii Ridl. – Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea
Deschampsia koelerioides Regel – Siberia, Central Asia, China, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Deschampsia laxa Phil. – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia leskovii Tzvelev – northern European Russia
Deschampsia liebmanniana (E.Fourn.) Hitchc. – Mexico
Deschampsia ligulata (Stapf) Henrard – Borneo
Deschampsia looseriana Parodi – Chile
Deschampsia maderensis (Hack. & Bornm.) Buschm. – Madeira
Deschampsia media (Gouan) Roem. & Schult. – central and southern Europe, Morocco, Caucasus
Deschampsia mejlandii C.E.Hubb. – Tristan da Cunha
Deschampsia mendocina Parodi – Argentina
†Deschampsia mexicana Scribn. – Mexico, apparently extinct
Deschampsia mildbraedii Pilg. – Cameroon
Deschampsia nubigena Hillebr. – Hawaii
Deschampsia parvula (Hook.f.) É.Desv. – Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Anvers Island
Deschampsia patula (Phil.) Skottsb. – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia pusilla Petrie – New Zealand South Island
Deschampsia robusta C.E.Hubb. – Tristan da Cunha
Deschampsia setacea (Huds.) Hack. – northern and western Europe
Deschampsia tenella Petrie – New Zealand
Deschampsia venustula Parodi – Chile, Argentina
Deschampsia wacei C.E.Hubb.- Tristan da Cunha

Formerly included

Deschampsia formerly included many species now placed in other genera, such as Aira, Antinoria, Bromus, Calamagrostis, Centropodia, Colpodium, Dissanthelium, Holcus, Periballia, Peyritschia, Poa, Trisetum and Vahlodea.[5]

"Genus: Deschampsia P. Beauv". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1999-03-09. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
lectotype designated by Nash in N. L. Britton et A. Brown, Ill. Fl. N.U.S. ed. 2. 1: 215. 7 Jun (1913)
Tropicos, Deschampsia P.Beauv.
illustration circa 1920 from Bilder ur Nordens Flora by Carl Axel Magnus Lindman
"World Checklist of Selected Plant Families".
"Deschampsia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
Palisot de Beauvois, Ambroise Marie François Joseph. 1812. Essai d'une Nouvelle Agrostographie 91 descriptions in Latin, etymology explained in French
Palisot de Beauvois, Ambroise Marie François Joseph. 1812. Essai d'une Nouvelle Agrostographie, plate XVIII (18) figure III (3) line drawing of Deschampsia cespitosa
Jstor Deschamps, Louis Auguste (1765-1842)
Young, Mark C., ed. (1955). Guinness Book of World Records 1997. Guinness Publishing Ltd. pp. 42. ISBN 0-9652383-0-X.
Wali, Mohan K.; Evrendilek, Fatih; Fennessy, M. Siobhan (July 2009). The Environment: Science, Issues, and Solutions. CRC Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-4200-0733-6. Retrieved 25 Sep 2016.
Smith, Ronald I.L.. 1984 Terrestrial plant biology of the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic. In: Laws, R.M., (ed.) Antarctic Ecology, vol. 1. London, Academic Press, 61-162.
Holderegger, Rolf; Stehlik, Ivana; Lewis Smith, Ronald I.; Abbott, Richard J. (May 2003). "Populations of Antarctic Hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica) Show Low Genetic Diversity". Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 35 (2): 214–217. doi:10.1657/1523-0430(2003)035[0214:POAHDA]2.0.CO;2.

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