Micropyrum (Gaudin) Link
  • Linnaea 17: 397 (1844) 

Notes: Distribution: Madeire, C. Europe to Medit.

General Description

HABIT Annual. Culms erect; 20-57.5-100 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single; bilateral. Rhachis flattened. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; lax. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 3-9 fertile florets (1), or 10-14 fertile florets, or 15-16 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 3-11.5-20 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; 0.7-0.825-1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins ribbed. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume oblong; 0.7-0.875-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins ribbed. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; coriaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface smooth (1), or scaberulous (1). Lemma apex obtuse; muticous, or awned (1); 1 -awned (1/1). Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels scabrous. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Anthers 3. Ovary glabrous. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa (1), or Temperate Asia (1).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Macaronesia Madeira
  • Northern Africa Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Asia-Temperate Western Asia Cyprus
  • East Aegean Is.
  • Turkey
  • Europe Middle Europe Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Southeastern Europe Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Sicilia
  • Turkey-in-Europe
  • Yugoslavia
  • Southwestern Europe Corse
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Sardegna
  • Spain


  • 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
Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db.html. [accessed 24 January 2012; 14:30 GMT]
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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; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/ Retrieved 2011 onwards
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