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Blepharidachne kingii

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Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to woody perennial herb; roots generally fibrous. Stem: generally round, hollow; nodes swollen, solid. Leaf: alternate, 2-ranked, generally linear, parallel-veined; sheath generally open; ligule membranous or hairy, at blade base. Inflorescence: various (of generally many spikelets). Spikelet: glumes generally 2; florets (lemma, palea, flower) 1--many; lemma generally membranous, sometimes glume-like; palea generally +- transparent, +- enclosed by lemma. Flower: generally bisexual, minute; perianth vestigial; stamens generally 3; stigmas generally 2, generally plumose. Fruit: grain, sometimes achene- or utricle-like.
Genera In Family: 650--900 genera; +- 10550 species: worldwide; greatest economic importance of any family (wheat, rice, maize, millet, sorghum, sugar cane, forage crops, ornamental, weeds; thatching, weaving, building materials). Note: Generally wind-pollinated. Achnatherum, Ampelodesmos, Hesperostipa, Nassella, Piptatherum, Piptochaetium, Ptilagrostis moved to Stipa; Elytrigia, Leymus, Pascopyrum, Pseudoroegneria, Taeniatherum to Elymus; Hierochloe to Anthoxanthum; Lolium, Vulpia to Festuca; Lycurus to Muhlenbergia; Monanthochloe to Distichlis; Pleuraphis to Hilaria; Rhynchelytrum to Melinis. The following taxa (in genera not included here), recorded in California from historical collections or reported in literature, are extirpated, lacking vouchers, or not considered naturalized: Acrachne racemosa (Roth) Ohwi, Allolepis texana (Vasey) Soderstr. & H.F. Decker, Amphibromus nervosus (Hook. f.) Baill., Axonopus affinis Chase, Axonopus fissifolius (Raddi) Kuhlm., Coix lacryma-jobi L., Cutandia memphitica (Spreng.) K. Richt., Dinebra retroflexa (Vahl) Panz., Eremochloa ciliaris (L.) Merr., Eustachys distichophylla (Lag.) Nees, Gaudinia fragilis (L.) P. Beauv., Miscanthus sinensis Andersson, Neyraudia arundinacea (L.) Henrard, Phyllostachys aurea Rivière & C. Rivière, Phyllostachys bambusoides Siebold & Zuccarini, Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton, Schedonnardus paniculatus (Nutt.) Branner & Coville, Schizachyrium cirratum (Hack.) Wooton & Standl., Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash, Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze, Thysanolaena latifolia (Hornem.) Honda, Tribolium obliterum (Hemsl.) Renvoize, Zea mays L., Zizania palustris L. var. interior (Fassett) Dore, Zoysia japonica Steud. Paspalum pubiflorum E. Fourn., Paspalum quadrifarium Lam., are now reported for southern California (J Bot Res Inst Texas 4:761--770). See Glossary p. 30 for illustrations of general family characteristics.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr., except as noted
Scientific Editor: James P. Smith, Jr., J. Travis Columbus, Dieter H. Wilken.
Genus: BlepharidachneView Description 

Habit: (Annual) perennial herb, cespitose, often mat-forming. Stem: 3--8(20) cm, often rooting at lower nodes. Leaf: short, clustered at base of shoots; ligules of hairs or 0; blade linear, needle-like to triangular. Inflorescence: panicle-like, dense, short, scarcely elevated above leaves. Spikelet: laterally compressed; glumes +- equal, thin, 1-veined, awn-tipped or awn 0; axis breaking apart above glumes, falling as 1 unit; florets 4, lower 2 sterile or staminate, 3rd bisexual or pistillate; lemma hairy on margins and at base, back rounded, 3-veined, deeply 3-lobed to middle, 1 or both margins ciliate, short-awned, tip awned between lobes, awn = lobes, uppermost floret rudimentary, 3-awned, awns hairy; palea ciliate or glabrous.
Species In Genus: 4 species: southwestern United States, Mexico, Argentina. Etymology: (Greek: eyelash + chaff, referring to ciliate lemma) Note: Similar to Dasyochloa pulchella.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr.

Blepharidachne kingii (S. Watson) Hack.
Habit: Tufted. Stem: generally 3--8(14) cm. Leaf: sheath generally with tuft of hairs at throat, those below inflorescence generally showy; blade 1--3 cm, < +- 1 mm wide, curved, +- stiff, sharp-pointed, often deciduous. Inflorescence: 1--2 cm, terminal, straw-colored or +- purple. Spikelet: 6--9 mm; glumes 7--8 mm, acuminate, > florets, papery, translucent; callus soft-hairy; lemma +- 6 mm, margin ciliate, base soft-hairy; sterile palea narrower and < lemma; fertile palea = lemma. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 900--2150 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNE, DMtns; Distribution Outside California: Idaho, Nevada, Utah. Flowering Time: May--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr.
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Citation for this treatment: James P. Smith, Jr. 2017. Blepharidachne kingii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Blepharidachne kingii:
SNE, DMtns;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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