Dasypyrum (Coss. & Durieu) T.Durand
  • Index Gen. Phan.: 504 (1888) 

Notes: Distribution: Medit. to C. Asia

General Description

HABIT Annual (1), or perennial (1). Rhizomes absent (1), or elongated (1). Culms erect (1), or decumbent (1); 10-51.25-100 cm long. Leaf-sheath auricles absent (1), or falcate. Ligule an eciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single; oblong; bilateral. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; flattened (1/1). Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis. Rhachis internodes oblong; falling with spikelet above. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 7-12.5-20 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. GLUMES Glumes shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; 2-keeled; 2-5 -veined (1). Lower glume surface glabrous (1), or pilose (1); without hair tufts (1), or with tufts of hair along primary vein (1). Lower glume apex truncate, or obtuse (1); awned. Upper glume oblong; 0.5-0.625-0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; with membranous margins; 2-keeled; 2-5 -veined (1). Upper glume primary vein eciliate (1), or ciliate (1). Upper glume lateral veins convergent at apex. Upper glume surface glabrous (1), or pilose (1); without hair tufts (1), or with tufts of hair along primary vein (1). Upper glume apex truncate, or obtuse (1); awned; 1 -awned. FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate, or oblong (1); coriaceous; keeled; 5 -veined. Lemma midvein eciliate (1), or ciliate (1). Lemma surface glabrous (1), or pubescent (1), or pilose (1); hairy on veins; without hair tufts (1), or with tufts of hair on midvein (1). Lemma apex entire, or dentate (1); 2 -fid (1/1); emarginate (1), or truncate (1), or acuminate (1); awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn apical, or from a sinus (1). Palea 1 length of lemma. Palea keels scabrous. Apical sterile florets 1 in number, or 2-3 in number (1); barren; linear (1), or lanceolate (1). FLOWER Lodicules 2 (1/1). Anthers 3 (1/1). Ovary unappendaged (1), or with a fleshy appendage below style insertion (1); pubescent on apex. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp (1/1); oblong (1/1); laterally compressed (1/1); trigonous (1/1). Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear (1/1); 1 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa, or Temperate Asia (1).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
  • Introduced distribution
Found in
  • Africa Northern Africa Algeria
  • Morocco
  • Asia-Temperate Caucasus North Caucasus
  • Transcaucasus
  • Middle Asia Turkmenistan
  • Western Asia East Aegean Is.
  • Turkey
  • Europe Eastern Europe Krym
  • Ukraine
  • Southeastern Europe Albania
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Kriti
  • Romania
  • Sicilia
  • Turkey-in-Europe
  • Yugoslavia
  • Southwestern Europe Baleares
  • Corse
  • France
  • Sardegna
Introduced into
  • Europe Middle Europe Czechoslovakia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Northern America Northeastern U.S.A. Pennsylvania


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

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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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