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Common name

English: Hairy melic

German: Wimper-Perlgras

Mandarin: 小穗臭草 (xiao sui chou cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Poaceae (72)(family description)

          Genus: Melica (1)

            Epithet: ciliata L. (2)

Synonyms: Arundo ciliata (L.) Clairv., Beckeria ciliata Bernh., Beckeria montana Bernh., Claudia ciliata (L.) Opiz, Dalucum ciliatum Bubani, Melica balansae Boiss. & Bal., Melica caespitosa Schur, Melica chrysolepis Klokov, Melica cretica Boiss. & Heldr., Melica cristata Trin., Melica flavescens (Schur) Simonk., Melica glauca F.W.Schultz, Melica lutescens Lojac., Melica magnolii Godr., Melica micrantha Boiss. & Hohen., Melica monticola Prokudin, Melica nebrodensis Parl., Melica pubescens Desv., Melica simulans Klokov, Melica taurica K.Koch, Melica typhina Boreau, Verinea pterostachys Merino

balansae => in honor of Benedict Balansa (1825-1891), french botanist and explorer

caespitosa => growing in dense tufts

ciliata => fringed, as with eyelashes

cretica => from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean

cristata => comb-like, crested

flavescens => yellowish

glauca => greyish or bluish

lutescens => yellowish

magnolii => in honor of Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist

micrantha => bearing minute flowers

montana => growing in the mountains

monticola => growing in the mountains

nebrodensis => from Mount Nebrodi, Sicily, Italy

pubescens => downy, slightly hairy


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, beige

External links

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