Lygeum Loefl. ex L.
  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 27 (1754) 

Notes: Distribution: Medit.

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms 25-75 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades filiform; coriaceous; stiff. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence comprising only a few spikelets; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Spatheole lanceolate; chartaceous. Spikelets solitary. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; urceolate; laterally compressed; 30-45 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus bearded. GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keel; 7-9 -veined. Lemma surface villous. Lemma margins fused below to those of opposing floret forming an urn. Lemma apex caudate. Palea 2 length of lemma. FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 3. Stigmas 1; papillose. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong. Embryo 0.25-0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 2 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
  • Introduced distribution
Found in
  • Africa Northern Africa Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Western Sahara
  • Europe Southeastern Europe Italy
  • Kriti
  • Sicilia
  • Southwestern Europe Baleares
  • Sardegna
  • Spain
Introduced into
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent West Himalaya

Included Species


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 Information From

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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