Mibora minima*

Mibora minima* (L.) Desv. Observ. Pl. Angers 45 (1818).

Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily Pooideae. Tribe Poeae.

Basionym and/or Replacement Name:  Agrostis minima L., Sp. Pl. 63 (1753).

Type of Basionym or Protologue Information: LT: Herb. Burser 1: 12, (UPS). LT designated by Scholz in Cafferty et al., Taxon 49(2): 243 (2000).

Key references (books and floras): [1952] C.A.Gardner, Flora of Western Australia 1 Gramineae (145), [2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of Australia.

Illustrations: [1952] C.A.Gardner, Flora of Western Australia 1 Gramineae (144, Pl. 42).

Habit. Annual. Culms erect or geniculately ascending, 2–15 cm tall. Ligule an eciliate membrane, 0.2–1 mm long, truncate. Leaf-blades flat or involute, 0.5–2 cm long, 0.5 mm wide.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence solid, a raceme. Racemes 1, 0.5–2 cm long.

Spikelets. Spikelets sessile or pedicelled. Fertile spikelets 1-flowered, comprising 1 fertile floret(s), without rachilla extension, oblong, laterally compressed, 1.8–3 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes similar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong, membranous, without keels, 1 -nerved. Upper glume oblong, 1.8–3 mm long, membranous, without keels, 1 -nerved.

Florets. Fertile lemma 1.2–2 mm long, without keel, 5 -nerved. Lemma surface indumented. Lemma apex erose. Palea 2 -nerved. Lodicules absent or vestigial. Anthers 3.

Continental Distribution: Europe, Africa, and Australasia.

Australian Distribution: Western Australia.

Western Australia: Menzies.

Notes. Known from only a few records from the early 1900's at K; doubtfully persisting. Native of SW and southern Europe and NW Africa.


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