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The grass genera of the world

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

Micropyropsis Zarco & Cabezudo

From the Greek opsis (appearance) and Micropyrum (a related grass genus), alluding to similarity.

~ Lolium

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial. Culms 30–110 cm high; herbaceous; unbranched above; tuberous. Culm nodes glabrous. Leaves not basally aggregated. Sheath margins free. Leaf blades linear; narrow; 1–5 mm wide (10–25 cm long); without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence a single raceme (spikelike). Rachides hollowed (to receive the spikelets). Inflorescence espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets solitary; not secund; distichous (seemingly); subsessile to pedicellate (the pedicels about 0.5 mm long); not imbricate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 10–26 mm long; adaxial; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; hairless; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus absent. Callus short; blunt (glabrous).

Glumes two; very unequal; shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; dorsiventral to the rachis; hairless; not subulate; awnless; similar. Lower glume 1 nerved. Upper glume 3 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped.

Female-fertile florets 3–13. Lemmas not becoming indurated; entire; pointed; awned. Awns 1; median; dorsal; from near the top; non-geniculate; hairless; much shorter than the body of the lemma to about as long as the body of the lemma (2–6 mm long, slender). Lemmas hairless; glabrous; non-carinate (dorsally rounded); 5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; entire to apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; not indurated; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; toothed (bilobed). Stamens 3. Anthers 3 mm long. Ovary apically glabrous; without a conspicuous apical appendage. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit adhering to lemma and/or palea; small to medium sized (about 4 mm long).

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. Leaf blade with distinct, prominent adaxial ribs; with the ribs more or less constant in size. Midrib not readily distinguishable; with one bundle only. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; forming ‘figures’. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Loliinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Spain.

In damp sands.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Zarco and Cabezudo 1983.

Special comments. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical data wanting.


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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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