1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Melica L.
      1. Melica spartinoides L.B.Sm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Brazil.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short; hairy. Culms erect; 50-100 cm long. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 1 of their length closed; keeled. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades 12 cm long; 5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; oblong; 22 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed; simple; 4-9 cm long. Panicle branches secund. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; curved.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 10 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 10 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; with lower wider than upper; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume obovate; 4 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels; 5 -veined. Lower glume surface asperulous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 5.5 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 7 -veined. Upper glume surface asperulous.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 5-6 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keel; 9 -veined. Lemma surface scaberulous. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex acute. Palea 4 mm long; 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; cuneate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 2.5 mm long. Hilum linear.
    Distribution
    South America: Brazil.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Smith 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Brazil South

    Melica spartinoides L.B.Sm. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Phytologia 22: 89 (1971)

    Accepted by

    • 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
    • Forzza, R.C. & al. (2010). Lista de Espécies da Flora do Brasil http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2010/.

    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