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

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

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    Habit
    Perennial; culms solitary. Rhizomes elongated. Culms 30-80 cm long; swollen at the base; forming an ovoid corm. Leaf-sheaths tubular for much of their length; with 0.9-1 of their length closed; scaberulous. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1-3 mm long; glabrous on abaxial surface; erose, or lacerate. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 2-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous to pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear; 7-15 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; flexuous.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 3-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 9-15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes terete; 1.5-2 mm long.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 3-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 9-15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes terete; 1.5-2 mm long.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 4-6 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; without keels; 3(-5) -veined. Lower glume lateral veins prominent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume oblong; 6-7 mm long; 0.9-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5(-7) -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 6-8 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner on margins; without keel; 7-11 -veined. Lemma lateral veins distinct. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets barren; in a clump; ovate; 2.5 mm long.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; united; oblong; fleshy; truncate. Anthers 3; 2-2.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    North America: western Canada, northwest USA, and southwest USA.
    Reference
    Meliceae. Fl Pac NW 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Alberta, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

    Melica spectabilis Scribn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Rydberg, P.A. [3610], Montana K000808510
    Schribner, F.L. [s.n.], Montana K000808511

    First published in Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 37: 45 (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.

    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
    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