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|Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Scleropogon||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Scleropogon brevifolius Phil.
Habit: Perennial herb, from short stolons, mat-like; generally dioecious or monoecious, rarely bisexual. Stem: erect, 1--2 dm. Leaf: generally basal, densely tufted; sheath smooth; ligule short-hairy; blade 2--8 cm, 1--3 mm wide, flat, firm, sharp-pointed. Staminate Inflorescence: 3--7 cm, raceme- or panicle-like. Pistillate Inflorescence: 10--20 cm, spike-like. Staminate Spikelet: 1--2.5 cm, compressed; glumes 3--8 mm, +- equal, lanceolate, 1(3)-veined, awn 0; axis breaking above glumes and falling as 1 unit; florets 5--10(20); lemma +- = glumes, 3(5)-veined, short-awned. Pistillate Spikelet: 8--15 cm including awns; body except awns +- cylindric, generally subtended by 1 bract; bract +- = lower glume; glumes 3-veined, acute, awn 0, lower glume 1--2 cm, upper 1.5--3 cm; axis breaking above glumes and +- between florets; florets 3--5, lower with sharp-pointed callus, upper reduced to awns; lemma 7--11 mm, narrow, awns 3, 6--12 cm, +- spreading to ascending. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Ecology: Open creosote-bush scrub; Elevation: +- 1600 m. Bioregional Distribution: e DMtns (New York Mtns); Distribution Outside California: to Colorado, Texas, Mexico, western South America. Flowering Time: Sep--Oct
eFlora Treatment Author: John R. Reeder & Dieter H. Wilken
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Scleropogon
Next taxon: Scribneria
Citation for this treatment: John R. Reeder & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Scleropogon brevifolius, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43822, accessed on May 30, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 30, 2016.