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Habit: Annual, perennial herb, cespitose, sometimes rhizomatous. Stem: ascending to erect, 1--10 dm. Leaf: cauline or mostly basal, fragrant; auricles present or not; ligule membranous; blade flat or rolled, glabrous or hairy. Inflorescence: panicle- or spike-like. Spikelet: subsessile, laterally compressed; glumes > florets, = or not, tip acute, 1- or 3-veined; florets 3, lower 2 sterile or staminate, upper bisexual, breaking apart above glumes, florets falling as 1 unit; lemma of lower florets > upper floret, tip 2-forked or -lobed, hairy, 3-veined, awned at or below middle or awn 0; fertile lemma 3--7-veined, glabrous or hairy, awn 0; palea 0 in lower florets, present and < lemma in fertile floret, 1-veined.
Species In Genus: about 50 species: temperate Eurasia, America, Africa, Oceania, subantarctic. Etymology: (Greek: flower + yellow, referring to golden color of mature inflorescence) Note: As treated here, the genus including Hierochloe, which is readily distinguishable in North America, but not in Asia and southern hemisphere. Fresh leaves of some species used for fragrance in churches on saints' days and as incense by Native Americans. Anthoxanthum hirtum (Schrank) Y. Schouten & Veldcamp reported from northern California; records lacking.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr.
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to AnthoxanthumPrevious taxon: Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus
Next taxon: Anthoxanthum aristatum subsp. aristatum
Citation for this treatment: James P. Smith, Jr. 2016. Anthoxanthum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10979, accessed on May 24, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 24, 2016.