Puccinellia ciliata*

Puccinellia ciliata* Bor. Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 28: 299

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

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: Turkey:
Bi Izmir: Kahic, 12 km from Menemen, N of Izmir, near the seaa, 1951, Miles
& Donald s.n.
(HT: E; IT: K).

Key references
(books and floras):
[2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of
[2009] A.Wilson (ed.). Flora of Australia, Vol 44A. Poaceae 2

Perennial. Culms erect, 35–80 cm tall. Ligule an eciliate membrane, 2–5.5 mm
long, acute or acuminate. Leaf-blades aciculate, conduplicate or involute, 8–25
cm long, 0.5–3 mm wide.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle ovate, 11.5–25 cm long, 20 cm wide.

Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets (4–11(-13)), comprising 4–11(–13) fertile floret(s), with diminished
florets at the apex, elliptic or oblong, laterally compressed, 4.3–17 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
dissimilar. Lower glume elliptic, membranous, without keels, 1 -nerved. Upper
glume elliptic, 2.1–3.5 mm long, membranous, without keels, 3 -nerved.

Fertile lemma 2.4–3.4 mm long, without keel, 5 -nerved. Lemma surface glabrous
or indumented. Palea 2 -nerved. Anthers 3.

: Europe, Temperate Asia, and Australasia.

: Western Australia, South Australia, New
South Wales.

Western Australia: Drummond. South Australia: Eyre
Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Southern Lofty, South-eastern. New South Wales:
Southern Tablelands, Central-Western Slopes.

Australian material differs from the type description in the much longer ligule,
3–4.3 mm cf. 1.5 mm.

Introduced. Recorded
but not naturalised in Vic. Commonly in salt pan areas. Flowers Apr.-Nov.
Fruits Nov.-Jan.


AVH 2011

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith