1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica decipiens Caro

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Argentina.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms erect; 25-70 cm long. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; retrorsely scabrous; glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1.5-2.5 mm long; lacerate. Leaf-blades flat, or convolute; 5-15 cm long; 2-3 mm wide; stiff. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough adaxially, or on both sides. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear; 12-20 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed; simple. Panicle axis dominant; smooth. Panicle branches smooth. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; curved; ciliate; hairy above.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets obovate; dorsally compressed; 7.5-10 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous. Floret callus glabrous.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets obovate; dorsally compressed; 7.5-10 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous. Floret callus glabrous.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; with lower wider than upper; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume obovate; 7.5-10 mm long; 1.4-1.5 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Lower glume primary vein falling short of apex. Lower glume apex entire; acute. Upper glume elliptic; 5-7 mm long; 1.1-1.2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 4.5-5.5 mm long; 2-2.5 mm wide; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keel. Lemma surface scabrous. Lemma margins eciliate, or ciliate; hairy in the middle. Lemma hairs 0.5-1 mm long. Lemma apex entire, or dentate; 2 -fid; obtuse. Palea 4.5-5.5 mm long; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. Palea surface asperulous. Palea apex truncate. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; oblong; 2-2.5 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas truncate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; 0.2 mm long; fleshy; glabrous; truncate. Anthers 3; 1-2 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 3 mm long; dark brown. Embryo 0.2 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear.
    Distribution
    South America: southern South America.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Torres 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest

    Melica decipiens Caro appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kurtziana 5: 288 (1969)

    Accepted by

    • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0