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Published In: Flora Badensis Alsatica 1: 8. 1805. (Fl. Bad.) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: 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.


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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.

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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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