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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual to bamboo-like; roots generally fibrous
Stem generally round, hollow; nodes swollen, solid
Leaves alternate, 2-ranked, generally linear; sheath generally open; ligule membranous or hairy, at blade base
Inflorescence various (of generally many spikelets)
Spikelet: glumes generally 2; florets (lemma, palea, flower) 1many; lemma generally membranous, sometimes glume-like; palea generally ± transparent, ± enclosed by lemma
Flower generally bisexual, minute; stamens generally 3; stigmas generally 2, generally plumose
Fruit: achene-like grain
Genera in family: 650900 genera; ± 10,000 species: worldwide; greatest economic importance of any family (wheat, rice, maize, millet, sorghum, sugar cane, forage crops, ornamental, weeds; thatching, weaving, building materials)
Reference: [Hitchcock 1951 Manual grasses US, USDA Misc Publ 200; Clayton & Renvoise 1986 Kew Bull Add Series 13]
See Glossary p. 26 for illustrations of general family characteristics. Generally wind-pollinated.
Annual, perennial herb, some ± dioecious
Stem 0.312 dm
Leaf: sheath open to closed (best observed on upper stem leaf); ligule thin, flexible; blade grooved above on both sides of midvein, flat, folded, or inrolled, generally smooth or scabrous on veins, generally prow-tipped
Inflorescence panicle-like; branches appressed to drooping
Spikelet generally compressed, breaking between florets; glumes 2, similar, generally < lowest lemma, awnless; florets generally 26; callus indistinct, often with obvious tuft of long cobwebby hairs; lemma generally keeled to base, of same texture as glumes, awnless, veins generally 5, ± converging near tip; palea well developed, keels generally scabrous; fertile anthers 0.24.5 mm; ovary glabrous
Species in genus: ± 500 species: temp and cool regions
Etymology: (Greek: ancient name)
Reference: [Soreng 1991 Syst Bot 16:507528]
CA is center of diversity in North America. Spikelet features best observed on lowest florets of spikelet.
Perennial, cespitose, delicate, generally 0.20.9 dmSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Leaf: sheath open 3/49/10 length; ligule 14 mm, truncate to acute, smooth; blade 0.51.5 mm wide, soft, flat or folded
Inflorescence generally 13 cm, narrowly lanceolate
Spikelet: glumes (at least upper) > lowest lemma; callus glabrous; lemma 2.53 mm, glabrous or very sparsely short-hairy
Flower: anthers 0.20.7 mm
Ecology: High alpine, in sandy soil around boulders
Elevation: > 3500 m.
Bioregional distribution: s High Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mountains
Distribution outside California: to sw Canada, Colorado
Flowering time: Summer
Horticultural information: IRR: 1.