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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 70. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus of about 20 species in temperate regions, mainly of Europe and South America, widely naturalised elsewhere; 3 species occur in Pakistan, 2 of them escapes from cultivation.


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Annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat or rolled. Inflorescence a loose or contracted panicle. Spikelets several- to many-flowered, slightly laterally compressed, broad, often cordate; glumes persistent, subequal, 3-9-nerved; lemmas closely imbricate, broad, cordate at the base, horizontally spreading, papery with broad scarious margins, 7-9-nerved; palea shorter than the lemma, 2-keeled, the keels often winged.

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1 Annual without non-flowering shoots; ligule 2-6 mm long (2)
+ Perennial with non-flowering shoots; ligule 0.5-1.5 mm long Briza media
2 (1) Spikelets 14-25 mm long, up to 12 in each panicle Briza maxima
+ Spikelets 3-5 mm long, numerous in each panicle Briza minor
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