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Nardus ciliaris L., Sp. Pl. 53. 1753. Culm tufted, about 25 cm tall, 1 mm across. Blade 7-8 cm. long by 2 mm wide, pubescent throughout; ligule chartaceous, truncate, about 0.3 mm long, hispid on the back. Inflorescence a single raceme, about 3 cm long. Spikelets paired, dimorphic, all sessile, the upper reduced, linear; the lower fertile, ovate, compressed, about 4 mm long. Lower glume ovate, about 3.2 mm long, chartaceous, hirsute on the back, spiny on margins; upper glume lanceolate, chartaceous, margins inrolled, 3-nerved, minutely hirsute on the lower back, about 3 mm long; lower lemma and palea hyaline; lemma lanceolate, about 3.2 mm long; palea 2-keeled on the back, about 3 mm long. Upper floret fertile,hyaline, nerveless. Caryopsis oblong, about 1.5 mm long; embryo 1/2 the length of the caryopsis.


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