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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Micraira F.Muell.
      1. Micraira spiciforma Lazarides

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Western Australia to NW. Northern Territory.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; mat forming. Culms prostrate; 2-5 cm long; 0.5 mm diam.; rooting from lower nodes. Culm-internodes 0.5 cm long; estriate. Leaves cauline; spiral. Leaf-sheaths 0.2-0.3 cm long; as wide as blade at the collar; glabrous on surface. Ligule absent. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; 0.4-0.5 cm long; 0.4-0.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation with 3-5 subepidermal sclerenchyma strands. Leaf-blade surface pilose, or hirsute; hairy on both sides. Leaf-blade margins cartilaginous; scabrous; tuberculate-ciliate. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 5-7 fertile spikelets. Peduncle glandular. Panicle open; oblong; 0.3-0.4 cm long; 0.1 cm wide; bearing few spikelets. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent, or obscure. Lower glume surface glabrous. Lower glume apex emarginate, or obtuse. Upper glume oblong; 1 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1-3 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent, or obscure. Upper glume surface glabrous. Upper glume apex emarginate, or obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 0.5 mm long; hyaline; keeled; 1-3 -veined. Lemma apex emarginate, or obtuse. Palea oblong; hyaline; 2 -veined. Palea keels smooth. Palea apex divided to base; 2 -fid.
    Flowers
    Lodicules absent. Anthers 2; 0.5-0.6 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 0.5 mm long.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Micraireae. Lazarides.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Territory, Western Australia

    Other Data

    Micraira spiciforma Lazarides appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1996 Cowie, I.D. [7287], Australia K000458161

    Bibliography

    First published in Nuytsia 5: 294 (1984 publ. 1985)

    Accepted by

    • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2014- continuously updated). Atlas of Living Australia http://www.ala.org.au/.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2014- continuously updated). Atlas of Living Australia http://www.ala.org.au/.
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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