1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica porteri Scribn.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Central & Central U.S.A. to NE. Mexico.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose; clumped loosely. Rhizomes short. Culms slender; 50-100 cm long. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; smooth, or scaberulous; glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 3-7 mm long; glabrous on abaxial surface, or pubescent on abaxial surface. Leaf-blades 2-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth, or scaberulous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear; nodding; 13-25 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed. Spikelets deflexed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 4-5 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 8-15 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 4-5 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 8-15 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes similar; with lower wider than upper; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 4-8 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; scarious; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels. Upper glume oblong; 4-8 mm long; 0.5-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; scarious; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 6-8 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keel. Lemma surface rugulose. Lemma apex obtuse, or acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; elliptic; 2 mm long.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3; 2 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; 2-3 mm long.
    Distribution
    North America: northwest USA, southwest USA, south-central USA, and Mexico.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Gr Texas 1994.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Mexico Northeast, New Mexico, Texas, Utah

    Melica porteri Scribn. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 37: 44 (1885)

    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.
    • Dávila, P., Mejia-Saulés, M.T., Gómez-Sánchez, N., Valdés-Reyna, J., Ortíz, J.J., Morín, C., Castrejón, J. & Ocampo, A. (2006). Catálogo de las Gramíneas de México: 1-671. CONABIO, México city.

    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.
    • Dávila, P., Mejia-Saulés, M.T., Gómez-Sánchez, N., Valdés-Reyna, J., Ortíz, J.J., Morín, C., Castrejón, J. & Ocampo, A. (2006). Catálogo de las Gramíneas de México: 1-671. CONABIO, México city.

    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