Festuca ligustica (All.) Bertol.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit.

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Morphology General Habit
Annual. Culms erect; 10-60 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.5-1 mm long; entire, or lacerate. Leaf-blades 3-12 cm long; 1-3 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; lanceolate; equilateral, or nodding; 5-13 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong; 1.5-5.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 6.5-10(-16) mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes eventually visible between lemmas.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 6.5-10(-16) mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes eventually visible between lemmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; dissimilar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 2-6 mm long; 0.5-0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume linear; 5-10 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex attenuate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 1-2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; 6-9 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface asperulous; glabrous, or pubescent. Lemma apex attenuate; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 5-8 mm long overall. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3; 2-3 mm long; eventually exserted. Ovary pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum linear.
Distribution
Europe: northern, southwestern, and southeastern. Africa: north. Asia-temperate: western Asia.
Reference
Poeae. Fl Eur.

Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Corse, France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Libya, Morocco, Sardegna, Sicilia, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Czechoslovakia, Great Britain

Festuca ligustica (All.) Bertol. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Opusc. Sci. 1(1): 64 (1817)

Accepted by

  • Engelmaier, P. & Wilhalm, T. (2018). Alien grasses (Poaceae) in the flora of the Eastern Alps. Neilreichia 9: 177-245.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919. [Cited as Vulpia ligustica.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Barina, Z. & Pifkó, D. (2011). Contributions to the flora of Albania, 2. Willdenowia 41: 139-149.
  • Danihelka, J. Chrtek, J. & Kaplan, Z. (2012). Checklist of vascular plants of the Czech Republic. Preslia. Casopsi Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 84: 647-811.
  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Greuter, W. & Raus, T. (2011). Med-Checklist Notulae, 30. Willdenowia 41: 311-328.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

  • 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 2022. 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 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