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W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson

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Milium schmidtianum

HABIT Perennial; culms solitary. Rhizomes elongated. Culms erect; 80–150 cm long; 4–6 -noded. Culm-internodes antrorsely scabrous (below nodes); distally glabrous. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 4–5 mm long; obtuse. Leaf-blades 6–30 cm long; 4–15 mm wide; flaccid. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle contracted; linear, or lanceolate; 10–23 cm long; 1–8 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 2–5 -nate; 2–7.5 cm long.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 0.7–3 mm long; scabrous.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 3.5–4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 3.5–4 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; dark green, or purple; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume surface asperulous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 3.5–4 mm long; 1.1–1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; dark green, or purple; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface asperulous. Upper glume apex acute.

FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2.4–3.2 mm long; indurate; shiny; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea 1 length of lemma; indurate; 2 -veined; without keels. Palea apex obtuse.

FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 3; 2.2–2.8 mm long.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum elliptic.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-temperate: Caucasus and western Asia.

NOTES Aveneae. Fl Turkey 1999.

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