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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Turkmenistan.

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Habit
Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 60-150 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades convolute; 7-15 cm long; 1-3 mm wide; coriaceous; stiff. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; scabrous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Peduncle antrorsely scabrous above. Racemes 1; single; bilateral; 10-25 cm long. Rhachis flattened. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; distant. Rhachis internodes 15-20 mm long. Spikelets in pairs, or in threes. Fertile spikelets sessile; 2-3 in the cluster.
Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 10-30 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous; obtuse.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 2-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 10-30 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous; obtuse.
Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume subulate; 14-25 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface scabrous. Upper glume subulate; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface scabrous.
Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate, or elliptic; 10-14 mm long; coriaceous; light green; without keel; 5-7 -veined. Lemma surface smooth, or asperulous; glabrous. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 1-2 mm long overall. Palea 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Flowers
Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2. Ovary pubescent on apex.
Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum linear.
Distribution
Asia-temperate: Soviet Middle Asia.
Reference
Triticeae. Zlaki 1997.

Native to:

Turkmenistan

Leymus nikitinii (Czopanov) Tzvelev appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Novosti Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 10: 50 (1973)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0