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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Europe to Caucasus, Medit. to Ethiopia.
Molinia caerulea

[GB]

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Rhizomes absent (1), or short (1). Culms erect; 15-71.25-120 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open, or contracted (1). Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets (1), or 2-4 fertile florets, or 5-6 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate, or elliptic (1), or oblong (1); laterally compressed; 4-9-15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous (1), or bearded (1); truncate (1), or obtuse (1).
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets (1), or 2-4 fertile florets, or 5-6 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate, or elliptic (1), or oblong (1); laterally compressed; 4-9-15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous (1), or bearded (1); truncate (1), or obtuse (1).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate (1), or ovate; 0.6-0.8375-1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels (1), or 1-keeled (1); 0-1 -veined (1), or 3 -veined (1). Lower glume lateral veins absent (1), or distinct (1). Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate (1), or ovate; 0.66-0.6825-0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels (1), or 1-keeled (1); 1-2 -veined (1), or 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate (1), or ovate; lanceolate in profile (1/1), or oblong in profile (1/1); membranous; without keel; 3 -veined, or 4-5 -veined (1). Lemma apex obtuse (1), or acute. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels smooth (1), or scaberulous (1). Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; fleshy. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with tardily free pericarp (1/1); obovoid (1/1). Embryo 0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear (1/1); 1 length of caryopsis.
Distribution
Europe (1), or Africa (1), or Temperate Asia, or North America (1).

Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East European Russia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon-Syria, Morocco, Netherlands, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Ukraine, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Québec, Rhode I., Vermont, Wisconsin

Molinia Schrank appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Baier. Fl. 1: 100, 334 (1789)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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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