Coleanthus Seidel ex Roem. & Schult.
  • Syst. Veg. 3: 267 (1818) 

Notes: Distribution: Europe to Russian Far East and E. China, W. Canada to NW. U.S.A.

General Description

HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 2-5 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle glomerate. Primary panicle branches whorled at most nodes. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 0.415-0.6 mm long; falling entire. GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; hyaline; keeled; 1 -veined. Lemma midvein scabrous. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Palea 1 length of lemma; hyaline; 2 -veined. Palea keels scabrous. Palea apex with excurrent keel veins. FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 2. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; laterally compressed. Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum elliptic. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Temperate Asia, or North America.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China Southeast
  • Manchuria
  • Russian Far East Khabarovsk
  • Siberia West Siberia
  • Europe Eastern Europe Belarus
  • Northwest European Russia
  • Middle Europe Austria
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Germany
  • Northern Europe Norway
  • Southeastern Europe Italy
  • Southwestern Europe France
  • Northern America Northwestern U.S.A. Oregon
  • Washington
  • Western Canada British Columbia


  • 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. [accessed 24 January 2012; 14:30 GMT]
  • A © Copyright The Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
eMonocot. (2010, 1st November). Retrieved Wednesday, 8th February, 2012, from
  • B Content licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
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
  • C See You may use data on these Terms and Conditions and on further condition that: The data is not used for commercial purposes; You may copy and retain data solely for scholarly, educational or research purposes; You may not publish our data, except for small extracts provided for illustrative purposes and duly acknowledged; You acknowledge the source of the data by the words "With the permission of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" in a position which is reasonably prominent in view of your use of the data; Any other use of data or any other content from this website may only be made with our prior written agreement.