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Published In: Synopsis Plantarum 1: 97. 1805. (Syn. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library


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Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of 20-30 species in temperate regions of both hemispheres, extending into mountainous regions of the tropics; 2 species occur in Pakistan.


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Short tufted perennials, with or without rhizomes. Leaf-blades usually very narrow. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle, often lobed or interrupted, glistening. Spikelets (1-)2-8(-13)-flowered, all alike, the rhachilla produced and with or without a rudimentary lemma; glumes subequal or unequal, lanceolate, keeled, with hyaline margins, mostly subacute to acuminate; lemmas usually a little longer than the glumes, faintly 3-5(-7)-nerved, with hyaline margins, usually acute to acuminate, with or without a short terminal awn; callus obscure, glabrous or almost so; stamens 3; stigmas 2.

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1 Lemma awnless, sometimes mucronate Koeleria macrantha
+ Lemma with an awn up to 1.2 mm long Koeleria argentea
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