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Published In: Mantissa 2: 41. 1824. (Mant.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Synonym Text: Nomochloa P. Beauv. ex T. Lestib., Ess. Cyper.: 37. 1819, nom. rejic. Scirpus sect. Blysmus (Panzer) W.D.J. Koch, Synopsis Fl. Germ.: 744. 1837. Leptolepis Boeck., Beit. Cyper., ”Cyper. Nov.” 1: 31. 1888.
General/Distribution: A genus with c. 2 species, distributed in temperate regions of Europe, N.W.Africa and Asia; both the species occur in our region.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Superficially resembling some species of Carex subg. Vignea (C. stenophylla, C. pseudofoetida), but readily distinguished by the absence of utricles and the presence of perianth bristles.


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Perennials, up to 45 cm. Rhizome creeping. Stem almost terete or trigonous. Leaves subbasal, up to equalling stem. Inflorescence a distichous multiple spike with 3-18 spikes, lowermost bract often leaf-like. Spikes with 3-c.10 spirally arranged glumes. Flowers bisexual or apical ones often unisexual and female; perianth bristles 4-7, or reduced; stamens 2-3; stigmas 2. Nut 2-4.5 mm, lenticular.

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1 Leaves many, flat; inflorescence mostly more than 20 mm long, of more than 10 spikes. 1 Blysmus compressus
+ Leaves few, canaliculate; inflorescence c. 15 mm long, of 5-8 spikes. 2 Blysmus rufus
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