1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica geyeri Munro ex Bol.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Canada to W. U.S.A.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short. Culms geniculately ascending; 70-180 cm long; swollen at the base; forming an ovoid corm. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; antrorsely scabrous. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 2-3.5 mm long; erose; acute. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 2-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough abaxially; pubescent; hairy adaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 10-25 cm long; bearing few spikelets. Primary panicle branches spreading. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 4-7 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 12-22 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 2 mm long.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 4-7 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 12-22 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 2 mm long.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 5 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 7 mm long; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 8-10 mm long; chartaceous; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma lateral veins obscure. Lemma surface smooth, or asperulous. Lemma apex entire, or erose; obtuse. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; lanceolate; 5 mm long.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3; 3-4 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    North America: northwest USA and southwest .
    Reference
    Meliceae. Fl Pac NW 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    British Columbia, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon

    Melica geyeri Munro ex Bol. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bolander, H.N. [7], California K000808512
    Bolander, H.N. [6], California K000808513

    First published in Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 4: 103 (1870)

    Accepted by

    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
    • 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
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    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