Brachypodium distachyon

(L.) P. Beauv
Common names: Purple falsebrome
Introduced
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 24. Treatment on page 188.

Plants annual; loosely tufted; bright green or glaucous. Culms 5-35 (45-50) cm, geniculate or stiffly erect, internodes glabrous; nodes conspicuously pubescent. Leaves cauline; sheaths usually glabrous; ligules 0.5-2 mm, pubescent; blades 10-40 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, flat, glaucous, sparsely hairy, hairs 0.5-1 mm, veins unequally prominent, margins thickened, sparsely hairy, hairs 0.8-1.3 mm. Racemes 2-7 cm, with 1-7 usually overlapping, appressed spikelets, the basal 1-2 spikelets sometimes diverging at maturity; pedicels 0.5-1 mm. Spikelets 15-40 mm, laterally compressed, with 7-15 (17) florets. Lower glumes 5-6 mm, 5-7-veined; upper glumes 7-8 mm, 7-9-veined, veins prominent, apices acute; lemmas 7-10 mm, lanceolate, 7-veined, awned, awns 8-17 mm, usually straight, sometimes curved; paleas (6.5) 7-9 mm, with 2-numerous veins, 2-keeled, keels stiffly ciliate; lodicules oblong, acute, sparsely hairy, ciliate; anthers 0.5-1.1 mm. Caryopses 5.7-7.8 mm, ellipsoid, apices hairy. 2n = 20, 28, 30.

Distribution

N.J., Colo., Tex., Calif., Pacific Islands (Hawaii), Oreg.

Discussion

Brachypodium distachyon is native to dry, open habitats in southern Europe. It is now established in California and is known from scattered locations elsewhere in the Flora region. It is also established in Australia, where it grows in dry, disturbed areas on sandy or rocky soils.

Brachypodium distachyon is sometimes treated as the only member of Trachynia Link. It differs from other species of Brachypodium in being a cleistogamous annual with shorter pedicels and anthers, laterally compressed spikelets, and fewer spikelets per raceme. Molecular data (Catalan and Olmstead 2000) show it as the basal lineage within Brachypodium. It has been proposed as a model species for molecular work in the Poaceae.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

"decumbent" is not a number.

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30 +, 28 +  and 20 +
membranous +  and scarious +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.11 cm1.1 mm <br />0.0011 m <br />) +
(5)7-9-veined +
Michael B. Piep +
(L.) P. Beauv +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
curved +  and straight +
basal +  and apical +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1.7 cm17 mm <br />0.017 m <br />) +
acute +, obtuse +  and rounded +
pseudopetiolate +  and branching +
intravaginal +, extravaginal +, branching +  and basal +
swelling +
10 cm100 mm <br />0.1 m <br /> (40 cm400 mm <br />0.4 m <br />) +
not evident +
hairy +  and glaucous +
attenuate +, convolute +  and flat +
2mm;5mm +
spikelike +
Purple falsebrome +
branched +  and rooting +
geniculate +
5 cm50 mm <br />0.05 m <br /> (200 cm2,000 mm <br />2 m <br />) +
not woody +
N.J. +, Colo. +, Tex. +, Calif. +, Pacific Islands (Hawaii) +  and Oreg. +
liquid +, soft +  and hard +
capillary +
pistillate +  and staminate +
sometimes longer +
7 +  and 15 +
subterete +  and slightly laterally compressed +
subtending +
lanceolate +
unequal +
membranous +
uncinate +
0.08 cm0.8 mm <br />8.0e-4 m <br /> (0.13 cm1.3 mm <br />0.0013 m <br />) +
lanceolate +
0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
coriaceous +  and membranous +
ciliate +, toothed +  and entire +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br />) +
membranous +
inconspicuous +
acute +  and oblong +
fleshy +  and membranous +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br />) +
overlapping +
concealed +  and prominent +
2 +  and 1 +
hairy +  and glabrous +
well-developed +
shorter than to slightly longer than the lemmas +
2-keeled +
reduced +
0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br /> (0.9 cm9 mm <br />0.009 m <br />) +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br />) +
dry +  and fleshy +
spikelike +
2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br /> (7 cm70 mm <br />0.07 m <br />) +
Introduced +
unisexual +  and bisexual +
compressed +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (4 cm40 mm <br />0.04 m <br />) +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
simple +  and compound +
2 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
Gramineae +
Brachypodium distachyon +
Brachypodium +
species +
membranous +
0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br /> (0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br />) +
2 +  and numerous +
aquatic +  and terrestrial +
9 +, 7 +  and 5 +