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Vulpia C. C. Gmel., Fl. Bad. 1:8. 1805. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:627. 1884 (excluding sect. Ctenopsis); Bor, Fl. Assam 5:74. 1940; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:212. 1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 563.1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:86.1968; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:88.1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 424.1976; Stace & Cotton in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5:154.1980.

  • Nardurus (Bluff, Nees & Schauer) Reichb.
  • Zerna Panz.

    Slender annuals, rarely perennials. Leaf-blades linear, flat, convolute or involute. Inflorescence a ± secund contracted or spike-like panicle, or rarely a raceme. Spikelets 3-13-flowered, laterally compressed, borne upon short thickened pedicels; glumes often very unequal, narrow, the lower nerveless or 1-nerved, the upper 1-3-nerved, longer than the lower; lemmas subulate-lanceolate, rounded on the back with incurved margins, finely (3-)5-nerved, becoming rigid, narrowed into a fine straight awn; palea 2-keeled, narrow; stamens 1-3.

    A genus of 23 species in temperate and warm temperate regions of both hemispheres, extending into mountainous regions of the tropics; 4 species occur in Pakistan.

    1 Anthers 3, 0.7-13(-1.9) mm long, exserted at anthesis; lemma 3-5mm long   Vulpia unilateralis
    + Anthers 1-3, 0.3-0.8 mm long, usually included at anthesis; lemma 4-7.5 mm long   (2)
    2 (1) Spikelets with 1-3 fertile florets and 3-7 distal sterile florets; lemma of fertile florets 3(-5)-nerved, ciliate   Vulpia ciliata
    + Spikelets with 2-5 fertile florets and 1-2 distal sterile florets; lemma 5-nerved, glabrous, scabrid or pubescent   (3)
    3 (2) Lower glume usually minute, one-tenth to two-fifths the length of the upper; pedicels (0.6-) 1-2.5mm long.   Vulpia myuros
    + Lower glume from just less than half to three- quarters the length of the upper; pedicels 0.4-0.6mm long   Vulpia persica

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