Enum. Pl.2: 296. 1805
Pantropics and subtropics.
Species 15 (1 in the flora).
Plants of Abildgaardia are hardbased, mostly cespitose, sometimes thickrhizomatous, with wiry scapes and leaves, mostly glabrous. The spikelet as a whole is either flat or with torque; scales are keeled, the proximal one, two, or rarely three are bracteal, mostly cuspidate, the rest fertile, strongly imbricate. Flower filaments are slender, flat; anthers erect, oblong-linear, bilocular. After fertilization, the style disarticulates above the trigonous base, leaving an apiculus on the ovary. Achenes are obpyriform, stipitate, turgid, prominently threeribbed, apiculate, and warty.
Abildgaardia is of debatable limits. Some authors have placed it in Fimbristylis or with Bulbostylis; current research discloses a significantly different embryology and anatomy.
|Author||Robert Kral +|
|Etymology||for Peder Chritian Abildgaard, 1740–1801, Danish professor of verterinary medicine +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Reference||gordon-gray1966a +, kral1971a + and lye1973a +|
|Taxon name||Abildgaardia +|
|Taxon parent||Cyperaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 23 +|