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The grass genera of the world

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

Pseudophleum M. Dogan

~ Phleum (P. gibbum Boiss.)

Habit, vegetative morphology. Annual. Culms 5–20 cm high; herbaceous; unbranched above. Culm nodes glabrous. The shoots not aromatic. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate; without auricular setae. Sheath margins free. Leaf blades narrow; 0.8–1.5 mm wide (0.8–5 cm long); not setaceous (usually convolute); usually rolled (convolute); not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation; persistent; rolled in bud. Ligule present; an unfringed membrane; not truncate (acute); 2.5–4 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate; without pseudospikelets; paniculate; contracted; more or less ovoid to spicate; without capillary branchlets; non-digitate; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; shortly pedicellate, or subsessile.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 2.5–3 mm long (pale greenish); compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret (?). Hairy callus absent.

Glumes present; two; relatively large; very unequal (or at least, supposedly more so than in Phleum); shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; joined (shortly, at base); hairless (rather leathery); pointed (acute); awnless; carinate; without a median keel-wing; similar (gibbous, narrow at base). Lower glume 3 nerved. Upper glume 3 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas similar in texture to the glumes (leathery); not becoming indurated; mucronate (terminally, the mucro to 0.6 mm long); hairy (dorsally covered with setules); carinate (in upper half), or non-carinate; without a germination flap; 5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; not indurated; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Palea keels hairy (ciliate). Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; not toothed. Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary apically glabrous; without a conspicuous apical appendage. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small (1.3 mm long). Hilum short (elliptical). Embryo small.

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

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Turkey.

Species of open habitats.

Special comments. 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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