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This species is accepted, and its native range is NW. & Central Europe, Xinjiang.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Annual; culms solitary, or caespitose. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 10-90 cm long; 2-6 -noded. Culm-nodes pubescent. Leaf-sheaths pubescent. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.5-1.5 mm long; erose. Leaf-blades 5-20 cm long; 2-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open, or contracted; lanceolate; equilateral, or nodding; 2-10 cm long; 1-4 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 2-4 cm long; bearing 1-3 fertile spikelets on each lower branch. Panicle branches pubescent. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 3-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate, or ovate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 7-15 mm long; 2.5-5 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 3-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate, or ovate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 7-15 mm long; 2.5-5 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; parallel to lemmas. Lower glume oblong, or ovate; 4-5 mm long; 0.5-0.75 length of upper glume; chartaceous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 4.5-6 mm long; 0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma obovate; 5.5-6.5 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner on margins; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma lateral veins distinct. Lemma surface asperulous; glabrous, or pubescent. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 3-7 mm long overall; limb scabrous. Palea 0.8-0.9 length of lemma. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3; 0.8-2 mm long. Ovary with a fleshy appendage above style insertion; pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; fusiform; exposed between gaping lemma and palea at maturity; hairy at apex; apex fleshy. Hilum linear; 1 length of caryopsis.
Distribution
Europe: northern and central. Asia-temperate: China. South America: southern South America.
Reference
Bromeae. Acedo 1996.

Native to:

Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Xinjiang

Introduced into:

Austria, Canary Is., Connecticut, Egypt, Massachusetts, Netherlands, New York

Bromus lepidus Holmb. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Williams, I.A. [s.n.], Great Britain K000913600 Unknown type material
Krosche, E. [s.n.], Germany K000913592
Krosche, E. [s.n.], Germany K000913595
Holmberg, O.R. [s.n.], Sweden K000913599
Krosche, E. [s.n.], Germany K000913593
Holmberg, O.R. [s.n.], Sweden K000913598
Holmberg, O.R. [s.n.], Sweden K000913597
Krosche, E. [s.n.], Germany K000913594
Krosche, E. [s.n.], Germany K000913596

First published in Bot. Not. 1924: 326 (1924)

Accepted by

  • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Engelmaier, P. & Wilhalm, T. (2018). Alien grasses (Poaceae) in the flora of the Eastern Alps Neilreichia 9: 177-245.
  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

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