1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Littledalea Hemsl.
      1. Littledalea alaica (Korsh.) Petrov ex Kom.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Asia to Qinghai.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms erect; 12-35 cm long. Leaf-sheaths open for most of their length; pubescent. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1-3 mm long. Leaf-blades flat, or convolute; 4-8 cm long; 1-4 mm wide; stiff; mid-green, or grey-green. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; pubescent; hairy adaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle, or composed of racemes (in weak plants); comprising 4-10 fertile spikelets. Panicle contracted; ovate; 4-10 cm long. Panicle branches scabrous. Racemes 1; single. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 5-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 18-35 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 5-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 18-35 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 7-11 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; scarious; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 9-14 mm long; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 12-18 mm long; scarious; much thinner on margins; without keel; 5-11 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse, or acute. Palea lanceolate; 0.66 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels scabrous. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 6-7 mm long. Ovary with a fleshy appendage above style insertion; pubescent on apex.
    Distribution
    Asia-temperate: Soviet Middle Asia and China.
    Reference
    Bromeae. WDC.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Qinghai, Tadzhikistan, Tibet

    Littledalea alaica (Korsh.) Petrov ex Kom. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. URSS 2: 553 (1934)

    Accepted by

    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • 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
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • Ovczinnikov, P.N. (ed.) (1957). Flora Tadzhikskoi SSR 1: 1-547. Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, Moskva.
    • Roshevitz, R.J. & al. (eds.) (1950). Flora Kirgizskoi SSR 2: 1-315. Frunze : Izd-vo KirgizFAN SSSR.

    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