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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Europe to Afghanistan.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Morphology General Habit
Annual; caespitose. Culms erect; 25-50 cm long. Leaf-sheath oral hairs ciliate. Leaf-sheath auricles falcate. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades 2-5 cm long; 1-2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pilose; sparsely hairy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes; deciduous as a whole. Racemes 1; single; linear; smoothly terete; bilateral; 4-11 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing (3-)4-7(-9) fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis tough. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Basal sterile spikelets rudimentary; 2 in number. Spikelets comprising 4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 10-12 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Sterile
Basal sterile spikelets rudimentary; 2 in number.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 10-12 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; asymmetrical; 9-10 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins unequally thickened; ribbed. Lower glume apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned only on distal spikelets (or shortly awned below); 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 40-100 mm long. Upper glume oblong; asymmetrical; 9-10 mm long; 0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins unequally thickened; ribbed; parallel at apex. Upper glume apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned only on distal spikelets (or shortly awned below); 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 40-100 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma oblong; 9-10 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid, or 3 -fid; muticous. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels scaberulous. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2. Ovary pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; hairy at apex. Disseminule comprising a inflorescence.
Distribution
Europe: southeastern. Asia-temperate: western Asia.
Reference
Triticeae. Fl Turk 1993.
Diagnostic
Glumes of distal spikelet entire.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., Greece, Iran, Iraq, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

Aegilops caudata L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 3, 1992 Bourgeau, E. [277], Turkey K000979136 isotype

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1051 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Bor, N.L. (1968). Flora of Iraq 9: 1-588. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.
  • Bor, N.L. (1970). Flora Iranica 70: 1-573. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
  • 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

  • Bor, N.L. (1968). Flora of Iraq 9: 1-588. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.
  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Hassler, M. (2012). Flora of Rhodes. Systematic list of flora of Rhodes http://www.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/~db111/flora/rhodos/list.php.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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