1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica mollis Phil.

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms geniculately ascending; 15-40 cm long. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; as wide as blade at the collar; retrorsely scabrous; pubescent; with reflexed hairs. Leaf-sheath oral hairs ciliate. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.3 mm long; erose. Leaf-blades 2-10 cm long; 1.5-2.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pubescent; hairy on both sides. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear; secund; 6-10 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed; simple. Panicle axis dominant; pilose. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; curved; ciliate; hairy all along.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 6-10 mm long; falling entire. Floret callus pubescent.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 6-10 mm long; falling entire. Floret callus pubescent.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; with lower wider than upper; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 5-8 mm long; 0.9 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Lower glume primary vein falling short of apex. Lower glume surface asperulous; puberulous; hairy below. Lower glume apex erose; obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 8-10 mm long; 0.8 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume surface asperulous; puberulous; hairy below. Upper glume apex dentate; 2 -fid.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 6-8 mm long; 2-3 mm wide; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; mid-green, or purple; without keel; 11 -veined. Lemma surface puberulous. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; obtuse. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate; adorned above; with 0.5 of their length adorned. Palea surface puberulous; hairy above. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; elliptic; 2.5-3.5 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas obtuse.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; 0.2 mm long; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3; 1-1.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; dark brown. Embryo 0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 1 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    South America: southern South America.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Schick 1995.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Chile North

    Melica mollis Phil. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Chile K000433947

    First published in Anales Univ. Chile 94: 161 (1896)

    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

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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