1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Colpodium Trin.
      1. Colpodium versicolor (Steven) Schmalh.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Turkey to NW. Iran.

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    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Butt sheaths light brown; persistent and investing base of culm; with compacted dead sheaths. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 9-25 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1-2 mm long; acute. Leaf-blades filiform, or linear; 3-5 cm long; 0.5-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough adaxially; glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; pyramidal; 2.5-8 cm long; 1.5-6 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 2-3 -nate. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 2.5-3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 2.5-3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; reaching apex of florets; similar to fertile lemma in texture; gaping. Lower glume elliptic; 2-3 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; purple; 1-keeled; keeled below; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 2-3 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; purple; 1-keeled; keeled below; 3 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins all falling short of apex. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate, or oblong; 1.8-3 mm long; membranous; much thinner above; mid-green and yellow; tipped with last colour; keeled; lightly keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma lateral veins less than two thirds length of lemma. Lemma surface puberulous; hairy below. Lemma apex erose; obtuse. Palea keels smooth; ciliolate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1.5-2 mm long; purple.
    Fruits
    Hilum elliptic.
    Distribution
    Asia-temperate: Caucasus and western Asia.
    Reference
    Poeae. Fl Turk 1993.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Iran, Iraq, North Caucasus, Transcaucasus, Turkey

    Colpodium versicolor (Steven) Schmalh. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Sredn. Jushn. Rossii 2: 638 (1897)

    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.
    • Takhtajan, A.L. (ed.) (2006). Conspectus Florae Caucasi 2: 1-466. Editio Universitatis Petropolitanae.
    • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
    • Bor, N.L. (1970). Flora Iranica 70: 1-573. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
    • Bor, N.L. (1968). Flora of Iraq 9: 1-588. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Takhtajan, A.L. (ed.) (2006). Conspectus Florae Caucasi 2: 1-466. Editio Universitatis Petropolitanae.
    • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
    • Bor, N.L. (1968). Flora of Iraq 9: 1-588. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.

    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 2020. 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 2020. 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