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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: Agrostidinae
Genus: Gastridium
Species: G. phleoides – G. ventricosum

Gastridium P.Beauv., Ess. Agrostogr.: 21 (1812)

Type species: Gastridium ventricosum (Gouan) Schinz & Thell., Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 58: 39 (1913)


Gastridium Lyngbye, 1819, nom. illeg. (Champiaceae, Rhodophyta)


Palisot de Beauvois, A.M.F.J. (1812) Essai d'une nouvelle Agrostographie 21, 164.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Gastridium in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Dec. 7. Reference page. 2013. Gastridium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 7.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Gastridium. Published online. Accessed: 7 Dec. 2013.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Gastridium.

Gastridium is a small but widespread genus of African and Eurasian plants in the grass family.[1][2] These grasses are sometimes called nit grass.[3]


Gastridium phleoides (Nees & Meyen) C.E.Hubb. - Africa, southern Europe, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula
Gastridium ventricosum (Gouan) Schinz & Thell - Mediterranean and nearby regions from Great Britain to Cape Verde to Caucasus

formerly included[4]

see Triplachne

Gastridium littorale - Triplachne nitens
Gastridium nitens - Triplachne nitens
Gastridium triaristatum - Triplachne nitens


Palisot de Beauvois, Ambroise Marie François Joseph . 1812. Essai d'une Nouvelle Agrostographie 21, 164. in Latin
Palisot de Beauvois, Ambroise Marie François Joseph . 1812. Essai d'une Nouvelle Agrostographie plate VI (6), figure VI (6 a-e) at upper right line drawings of Gastridium australe (syn of G. ventricosum ); figure captions on caption page 6
Altervista Flora Italiana, genere Gastridium, nit grass
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
The Plant List search for Gastridium
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile

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