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Agrostis flaccida Hack.


Description from Flora of China

Perennial, tufted, shortly rhizomatous. Culms erect or geniculate at base, slender, 15–30(–50) cm tall, ca. 1 mm in diam., 3-noded. Leaf sheaths smooth; leaf blades narrowly linear, weakly rolled or infrequently flat, soft, 5–10 cm × 0.5–2 mm, smooth, uppermost culm blade elongate, widely divergent from culm; ligule 1–2 mm, apex obtuse. Panicle open, diffuse, narrowly ovate in outline, 4–8 cm; branches 2–5 per node, spreading, capillary, 5–7 cm, smooth or almost so, bare in lower half. Spikelets 2.5–3 mm, purple or purplish green; glumes lanceolate, slightly unequal, keel scabrid, apex acuminate; callus hairs 0.2–0.5 mm; lemma 2/3–3/4 spikelet length, indistinctly granular-scaberulous, awned from lower 1/4–1/3 of back, lateral veins sometimes minutely exserted, apex truncate-denticulate; awn weakly geniculate, 3–5 mm; palea ca. 0.25 mm. Anthers 1–1.6 mm. Fl. and fr. Jul–Aug. 2n = 14.

Agrostis flaccida is distinguished from other members of the A. vinealis complex mainly by its smooth leaf blades and panicle branches (see the comment under the next species).

Rocky slopes, open forest; 1500–2300 m. E Jilin, Liaoning [Japan, Korea, Russia (Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin)].


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