GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora


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

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Nassella chilensis

HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms 30–100 cm long; 1 mm diam.; 4–12 -noded. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades spreading; flat, or convolute; 3–10 cm long; 1–1.5 mm wide.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle contracted; linear; 2–15 cm long.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; subterete; 3–4.5 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 ovate; 3–4.5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Lower glume apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 0.2–0.3 mm long. Upper glume ovate; 3–4.5 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 0.2–0.3 mm long.

FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; laterally compressed; 1.6–2.2 mm long; coriaceous; shiny; keeled; lightly keeled. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn eccentric; bigeniculate; 7–10 mm long overall; with a straight or slightly twisted column; deciduous. Palea 0.5 length of lemma; membranous; 0 -veined; without keels.

FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 3; 0.3–0.4 mm long.

DISTRIBUTION South America: southern South America.

NOTES Stipeae. WDC.

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