1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica parodiana Torres

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Argentina to Uruguay.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose; clumped loosely. Rhizomes short. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 30-50 cm long. Culm-internodes retrorsely scabrous; distally glabrous, or pubescent. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; pubescent; with reflexed hairs. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.5-5 mm long; pubescent on abaxial surface. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 2-12 cm long; 2-3.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pubescent; hairy on both sides. Leaf-blade margins ciliate. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear, or oblong; 10-14 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed; simple. Panicle axis dominant; smooth. Panicle branches smooth. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; curved; pubescent; hairy above.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 7-8.5 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous. Floret callus pubescent.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 7-8.5 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous. Floret callus pubescent.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; with lower wider than upper; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume obovate; 7-8.5 mm long; 1.1 length of upper glume; hyaline; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Lower glume primary vein falling short of apex. Lower glume apex obtuse; mucronate. Upper glume lanceolate; 4-6 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 5.5-6.5 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keel. Lemma margins ciliate; hairy in the middle. Lemma hairs 0.8-1 mm long. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea 4.5-5 mm long; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate; adorned above. Palea surface smooth. Palea apex dentate; 2 -fid. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; cuneate; 1.5-2 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas truncate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; 0.2 mm long; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3; 0.6-1.2 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 3 mm long; dark brown. Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear.
    Distribution
    South America: southern South America.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Torres 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Argentina Northeast, Uruguay

    Melica parodiana Torres appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bol. Soc. Argent. Bot. 12: 202 (1968)

    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