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12. Setaria viridis (Linnaeus) P. Beauvois, Ess. Agrostogr. 51. 1812.

狗尾草 gou wei cao

Annual. Culms tufted, erect or geniculate, up to 70(–150) cm tall, 3–7 mm in diam. Leaf sheaths glabrous to papillose-pilose, margins densely ciliate; leaf blades linear to linear-lanceolate, flat, glabrous or papillose-pilose on both surfaces, base subrounded or subtruncate, margins scabrous, apex acuminate; ligule 1–2 mm. Panicle dense, usually cylindrical, usually tapering upward, 1–24 cm, erect or slightly nodding, branchlets bearing several spikelets each subtended by 3–7(–25) bristles; axis pilose or pubescent; bristles green, brown or purple, 4–12 mm. Spikelets elliptic-oblong, 2–2.5(–3) mm, obtuse; lower glume 1/4–1/3 as long as spikelet, obtuse or rarely acute; upper glume elliptic, as long as spikelet, lower lemma equal to spikelet; lower palea about 1/3 as long as lemma; upper lemma pale green, oblong, finely punctate-rugose, obtuse. Fl. and fr. May–Oct. 2n = 18.

Hill slopes, roadsides, grassy waste places. Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [temperate and subtropical regions of the Old World; introduced elsewhere].

1 Culms 5–25 cm tall; panicle ovate or elliptic, 1–4 cm.   12c subsp. pachystachys
+ Culms usually more than 25 cm tall; panicle cylindrical, up to 24 cm   (2)
2 (1) Culms up to 70 cm, much branched at base; panicle to 12 cm, not lobed; spikelets 2–2.5 mm.   12a subsp. viridis
+ Culms 60–150 cm, little branched; panicle to 24 cm, sometimes lobed; spikelets 2.5–3 mm.   12b subsp. pycnocoma


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