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This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit. to Turkmenistan.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms 50-80 cm long; 3-4 -noded. Culm-internodes scaberulous. Leaf-sheaths scaberulous. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 4-8 mm long; obtuse, or acute. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 15-35 cm long; 2-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth, or scaberulous; rough abaxially; glabrous, or pilose; hairy abaxially.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 8-15 cm long. Primary panicle branches ascending, or spreading; 1-2 -nate. Panicle branches scaberulous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8.2 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8.2 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 6-8.2 mm long; 1.1-1.2 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; much thinner on margins; mid-green and purple; without keels; 7 -veined. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume elliptic; 5.5-7.2 mm long; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; mid-green and purple; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma elliptic; dorsally compressed; 4-5 mm long; coriaceous; shiny; without keel. Lemma margins involute; exposing palea. Lemma apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn straight; 1.7-2.2 mm long overall; deciduous. Palea coriaceous; 2 -veined; without keels.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 3; 1 mm long. Anthers 3; 2-2.5 mm long; anther tip penicillate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 2.5-3 mm long.
Distribution
Europe: southwestern and southeastern. Africa: north and Macaronesia. Asia-temperate: western Asia.
Reference
Stipeae. Fl Turk 1993.

Doubtfully present in:

Bulgaria, Yugoslavia

Native to:

Algeria, Baleares, Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan

Introduced into:

Canary Is.

Piptatherum coerulescens (Desf.) P.Beauv. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Deslongchamps [s.n.], France K000912813
Gay, J.E. [17] K000912812

First published in Ess. Agrostogr.: 18 (1812)

Accepted by

  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Vladimirov, V., Dane, F. & Kit Tan (2016). New floristic records in the Balkans: 30 Phytologia Balcanica 22: 259-292.

Not 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. [Cited as Oryzopsis coerulescens.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Fedtschenko, B.A. & al. (1932). Flora Turkmenii 1: 1-340. Turkmenskoe gosudarstvennoe izd., Ashkhabad.
  • 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.
  • Vladimirov, V., Dane, F. & Kit Tan (2016). New floristic records in the Balkans: 30 Phytologia Balcanica 22: 259-292.

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© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0