Genus:
Hordeum L.

Hordeum flexuosum Nees ex Steud.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Uruguay to Argentina.

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Annual, or perennial. Culms erect; 15-50 cm long; 2-5 -noded. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1 mm long; truncate. Leaf-blades flat, or convolute; 5-10 cm long; 1-3 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1; single; bilateral; 4-7 cm long; 3-5 mm wide. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; flattened; glabrous on margins, or ciliate on margins. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis. Rhachis internodes oblong; 1-1.5 mm long; falling with spikelet above. Spikelets in threes. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 2 in the cluster. Pedicels oblong; 0.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; containing empty lemmas; lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8 mm long; shorter than fertile; deciduous with the fertile. Companion sterile spikelet glumes markedly unequal in width (subulate & lanceolate); coriaceous and subulate; 6-8 mm long; dentate; 2 -fid; awned. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 1; 1-awned. Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension, or with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Sterile
Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; containing empty lemmas; lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8 mm long; shorter than fertile; deciduous with the fertile. Companion sterile spikelet glumes markedly unequal in width (subulate & lanceolate); coriaceous and subulate; 6-8 mm long; dentate; 2 -fid; awned. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 1; 1-awned.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension, or with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-8 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes collateral; similar; reaching apex of florets; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 6-8 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous. Lower glume surface scabrous. Lower glume apex setaceously attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 6-8 mm long; coriaceous. Upper glume apex setaceously attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; 6-8 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface glabrous, or puberulous. Lemma apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 2-4 mm long overall. Palea 1 length of lemma. Rhachilla extension 0-0.2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2. Anthers 3; 3 mm long. Ovary pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ovoid; sulcate on hilar side; 3 mm long; hairy at apex. Hilum linear.
Distribution
South America: southern South America.
Reference
Triticeae. Fl Pat 1995.

Native to:

Argentina Northeast, Argentina South, Uruguay

Hordeum flexuosum Nees ex Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1937 Gilles [s.n.], Mendoza K000308565 Unknown type material Yes
Tweedie [698], Argentina K000308564 Yes

First published in Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 353 (1854)

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.
  • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348. Missouri Botanical Garden.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348. Missouri Botanical Garden.

  • GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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