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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 28. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Type locality: Europe.
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan & N.W.F.P.); widespread in Europe and temper-ate Asia; introduced to North America.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Sweet Vernal-grass is a polymorphic species, varying considerably in size, leafiness and hairiness. At one time it was included in seed-mixtures for pasturage or hay on account of its fragrant smell, but it is not very palatable to stock and has a high proportion of stem to leaf.
Illustration: Anthoxanthum odoratum L. (Illustration)
Map Location: B-7 Hazara dirt.: Nathia Gali, 8000', R. R. Stewart 28913 (RAW), 28706 (RAW).


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Tufted perennial. Culms 10-50 (-100) cm high, erect. Leaf-blades 1-12 (-30) cm long, 1.5-5(-9) mm wide, glabrous to sparsely hairy, finely pointed at the tip; ligule 1-5 mm long. Panicle very dense to somewhat loose, ovate to narrowly oblong, 1-9 (-12) cm long, 6-15 mm wide, green or purplish. Spikelets lanceolate, the upper awn protruding; glumes thinly membranous, loosely to sparingly hairy; lower glume ovate, 3-5 mm long, 1-nerved, mucronate; upper glume ovate to elliptic, 6-10 mm long, 3-nerved, mucronate; sterile lemmas 3-3.5 mm long, obscurely bibbed, the awn of the upper 6-9 mm long; fertile lemma 2 mm long; anthers 3-4.5 mm long.
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