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The grass genera of the world

L. Watson, T.D. Macfarlane, and M.J. Dallwitz

Linkagrostis Garcia, Blanca & Torres

~ Agrostis (A. juressi Link)

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; stoloniferous. Culms 40–80 cm high; herbaceous; unbranched above; 2–4 noded. Culm nodes exposed. Culm leaves present. Young shoots intravaginal. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate. Sheath margins free. Leaf blades linear to lanceolate; narrow; (4–)5–8(–10) mm wide (4–15 cm long); flat; not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane; truncate; 0.2–0.5 mm long.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets hermaphrodite.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; contracted (with short, erect branches); spicate (interrupted); espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate (the pedicels much shorter than the spikelets, not clavate); imbricate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 2.5–3.2 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Hairy callus absent. Callus glabrous.

Glumes two; more or less equal; about equalling the spikelets to exceeding the spikelets; long relative to the adjacent lemmas (somewhat exceeding it); puberulent; not pointed; awnless; carinate; similar (herbaceous, lanceolate). Lower glume 1 nerved. Upper glume 1 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only; without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas similar in texture to the glumes (leathery, green); not becoming indurated; entire to incised; more or less linear, narrowed above; not deeply cleft (obtuse, truncate or denticulate); awnless to mucronate; hairless; non-carinate; without a germination flap; 5 nerved; with the nerves non-confluent. Palea present; conspicuous but relatively short to very reduced (no more than 1/5 the lemma length); tightly clasped by the lemma; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous (falcate); glabrous. Stamens 3. Anthers about 1.2 mm long. Ovary apically glabrous. Stigmas 2; white.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small (about 1.5 mm long); ellipsoid; longitudinally grooved; compressed dorsiventrally. Hilum short. Embryo small.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Intercostal zones with typical long-cells. Mid-intercostal long-cells fusiform; having straight or only gently undulating walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata common. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated crenate/sinuous (?).

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll not Isachne-type; not traversed by colourless columns. Leaf blade adaxially flat. Midrib not readily distinguishable; with one bundle only; without colourless mesophyll adaxially. Bulliforms present in discrete, regular adaxial groups; in simple fans. Combined sclerenchyma girders present. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Cytology. Chromosome base number, x = 7. 2n = 14.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Aveneae. Soreng et al. (2015): cf. Pooideae (as a synonym?); Poodae; Poeae; cf. Agrostidinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Iberian Peninsula and northeast Africa.

Mesophytic; shade species; glycophytic. In damp, shady places.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Garcia, Blanca and Torres 1987. Leaf anatomical: Garcia, Blanca and Torres 1987.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., Macfarlane, T.D., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. 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. Version: 13th November 2017. delta-intkey.com/grass’.

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