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Key to Hordeum

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(For a list of species in Hordeum, use the above link.)

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1. Auricles of upper leaves well developed, 1–4(8) mm

2. Inflorescence axis generally remaining intact at maturity; lateral   (stalked in sterile plants);  margins not  ..... [H. vulgare]

2' Inflorescence axis breaking apart at maturity; lateral spikelets stalked; glume margins ciliate ..... H. murinum

3. Central  stalk 0–0.5 mm;  of central floret generally = lemma of lateral floret;  of lateral floret scabrous to glabrous ..... subsp. murinum

3' Central spikelet stalk 1–2 mm; lemma of central floret < lemma of lateral floret; palea of lateral floret hairy or scabrous on lower 1/2

4. Lemma of central floret <= those of lateral ; palea of lateral florets long-hairy on lower 1/2; anthers of central florets < 1/2 those of lateral florets ..... subsp. glaucum

4' Lemma of central floret << those of lateral florets; palea of lateral florets scabrous on lower 1/2; anthers of central spikelets = those of lateral florets ..... subsp. leporinum

1' Auricles of upper leaves generally 0 (vestigial rudiments occasionally present on lower leaves)

5. Glumes strongly divergent at maturity

6. Glumes of central spikelet 11–28 mm, flat near base ..... H. arizonicum

6' Glumes of central spikelet (15)35–85 mm, bristle-like throughout ..... H. jubatum subsp. jubatum

5' Glumes generally straight with age (slightly  in some Hordeum brachyantherum)

7. Perennial herbinflorescence fully  at maturity ..... H. brachyantherum

8. Leaf  generally glabrous,  glabrous or sparsely short-hairy; stem generally robust ..... subsp. brachyantherum

8' Leaf sheath generally densely hairy, blade generally short- and long-hairy; stem slender ..... subsp. californicum

7' Annual; inflorescence generally ± enclosed in upper sheath at maturity (except Hordeum marinum subsp. gussoneanum)

9. Awn of lateral spikelet lemma 3–8 mm ..... H. marinum subsp. gussoneanum

9' Awn of lateral spikelet lemma 0–1.2 mm

10. Nodes glabrous; glumes of central spikelet rounded to slightly flattened near base ..... H. depressum

10' Nodes generally pubescent; glumes of central spikelet distinctly flattened at base ..... H. intercedens



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