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Glyceria leptostachya
NARROW MANNA GRASS

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: GRASS FAMILY
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: GlyceriaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MANNA GRASS
Habit: Perennial herb from rhizomes (annual). Stem: generally rhizomatous, base decumbent, erect above, generally rooting at lower nodes. Leaf: sheath closed to near top; ligule thin, membranous, acute; blade flat or folded, only midrib prominent. Inflorescence: panicle-like, 15--50 cm, erect. Spikelet: glumes < lowest floret, margin translucent, 1-veined; axis breaking above glumes and between florets; florets 8--16; lemma strongly 5--11-veined, veins not converging, ending short of tip, tip margin translucent; palea +- = lemma, keel prominent, +- curved; anthers 2(3).
Species In Genus: +- 50 species: temperate worldwide, freshwater wetland and aquatic habitats. Etymology: (Greek: sweet, from taste of grain)
eFlora Treatment Author: Gordon Leppig

Glyceria leptostachya Buckley
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb. Stem: 10--15 dm, 2--4 mm diam. Leaf: ligule 4--9 mm; blade 4--10 mm wide, flat to rolled. Inflorescence: 20--40 cm, narrow; spikelets appressed. Spikelet: 10--20 mm, cylindric; florets 8--14; lower glume +- 1.5 mm, upper +- 3 mm; lemma 2.5--4(4.5) mm, tip truncate to broadly rounded, crenate to entire. Chromosomes: n=20.
Ecology: Freshwater marshes, lakes; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaRH, CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to southern Alaska. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Glyceria davyi (Merr.) Tzvelev
Unabridged Note: The type of Glyceria davyi was collected in a marsh near Guerneville (J. Burtt Davy 6005 in 1899). This name has been consistently treated as a synonym of Glyceria leptostachya (Hitchcock 1951; Munz 1959; Best et al. 1996, Barkworth & Anderton 2007).
eFlora Treatment Author: Gordon Leppig
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Citation for this treatment: Gordon Leppig 2016. Glyceria leptostachya, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=27079, accessed on December 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 04, 2016.


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Geographic subdivisions for Glyceria leptostachya:
NW, CaRH, CCo, SnFrB;
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