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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, perennial herb, cespitose or rhizomatous.
Stem: ascending to erect.
Leaf: basal and cauline; appendages 0 or small, acute to obtuse; ligule membranous to translucent, obtuse to truncate; blade generally flat, margin minutely scabrous.
Inflorescence: panicle-like, cylindric to ovoid, dense; branches spike-like, short.
Spikelet: ± sessile, strongly laterally compressed; glumes ± equal, membranous, keel generally stiff- ciliate (comb-like), pointed to awned at obtuse to truncate tip, 3-veined; floret 1, breaking above glumes, bisexual; lemma generally awnless at wide, truncate tip, 3–7-veined; palea ± = lemma.
15 species: temperate America, Eurasia. (Greek: a marsh reed) [Barkworth 2007 FNANM 24:670–675; Humphries 1978 Bot J Linn Soc 76:337–340]
1. Infl 1–6 cm, generally ovoid, often cylindric at low elevations; glume awn 2–3 mm ..... P. alpinum
1' Infl 4–18 cm, cylindric; glume awn < 2 mm ..... P. pratense
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