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Littledalea Hemsl.


Description from Flora of China

Perennials, often rhizomatous. Leaf sheaths with free margins overlapping almost to the base. Panicle open or loosely contracted, composed of few spikelets. Spikelets large, wedge-shaped to oblong, flat, florets few to several; glumes unequal, membranous or scarious, shorter than florets, lower glume 1–3-veined, upper glume 3–5-veined; floret callus small, rounded; lemmas elliptic-oblong, usually papery, rounded on back, 7–9-veined, glabrous or puberulous, apex obtuse to truncate and erose, awnless or infrequently mucronate; palea shorter and narrower than lemma, scabrid to ciliate along keels, apex 2-toothed. Anthers 3, usually nearly as long as palea.

This is a small genus of decorative, mountain grasses with large, usually papery spikelets, almost endemic to China.

Four species: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, ?Nepal, Tajikistan; four species (three endemic) in China.

(Authors: Chen Shouliang (陈守良); Sylvia M. Phillips)

Lower Taxa


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