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Avena sativa

HABIT Annual. Culms erect; 40–180 cm long. Leaves cauline. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 3–6 mm long. Leaf-blades 14–40 cm long; 5–15 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough on both sides. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; pyramidal; effuse; nodding; 20–40 cm long; 5–15 cm wide. Primary panicle branches drooping.

Spikelets pendulous; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2–3 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 22–27 mm long; persistent on plant. Floret callus glabrous; disarticulating obliquely.

GLUMES Glumes similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 22–27 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 7–9 -veined. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 22–27 mm long; 1.5–1.6 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 7–9 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate; 15–17 mm long; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keel; 7–9 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous; rough above; glabrous. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; muticous, or awned; 0–1 -awned. Principal lemma awn dorsal; arising 0.5 way up back of lemma; geniculate; 25–35 mm long overall; with twisted column. Palea keels ciliate.

FLOWER Anthers 3. Ovary pubescent all over.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; hairy all over. Hilum linear.

DISTRIBUTION Europe: northern, central, southwestern, southeastern, and eastern. Africa: north, Macaronesia, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, south, and middle Atlantic ocean. Asia-temperate: Siberia, Soviet far east, Soviet Middle Asia, Caucasus, western Asia, Arabia, China, Mongolia, and eastern Asia. Asia-tropical: India, Indo-China, and Malesia. Australasia: Australia and New Zealand. Pacific: southwestern, south-central, northwestern, and north-central. North America: Subarctic, northwest USA, north-central USA, northeast USA, southwest USA, south-central USA, and Mexico. South America: Mesoamericana, Caribbean, northern South America, western South America, Brazil, and southern South America.

NOTES Aveneae. Fl Turk.

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS Floret callus fracturing transversely.

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