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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Spain, SW. Sardegna, W. Sicilia, S. Italy, N. Algeria, NE. Tunisia, Libya.

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Morphology General Habit
Annual; caespitose. Culms geniculately ascending, or decumbent; 8-25 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1.4-2.5 mm long; erose. Leaf-blades 2-13 cm long; 1-2.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface ribbed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1; single; oblong; unilateral; 2-4 cm long. Rhachis angular. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; regular; 2 -rowed. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong; 0.5-1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 8-20 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; compressed strongly; 5-20 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes obscured by lemmas.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 8-20 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; compressed strongly; 5-20 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes obscured by lemmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 2.5-3 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 3-3.5 mm long; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; 3.5-4 mm long; coriaceous; keeled; 7 -veined. Lemma midvein scaberulous. Lemma lateral veins with distinct primaries but obscure intermediates. Lemma surface pubescent; hairy below; with capitate hairs. Lemma hairs 0.2 mm long. Lemma apex acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels winged; narrowly winged; ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3; 3 mm long. Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong; dorsally compressed; concavo-convex. Embryo 0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum punctiform.
Distribution
Europe: southwestern and southeastern. Africa: north.
Reference
Poeae. WDC.

Native to:

Algeria, Italy, Libya, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Tunisia

Desmazeria sicula (Jacq.) Dumort. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Comment. Bot.: 27 (1822)

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.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

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.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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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/
© 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 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