Alopecurus creticus

Common names: Cretan meadow foxtail
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 24. Treatment on page 788.
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Illustrator: Cindy Roché

Copyright: Utah State University

Plants annual; tufted. Culms 7-21(40) cm, erect. Ligules 1.4-2.3 mm, obtuse; blades 1-8 cm long, 1-3.5 mm wide; upper sheaths usually inflated. Panicles 2-4.3 cm long, 4-5.5 mm wide, dense. Glumes 3-4.5 mm, connate in the lower 1/2 - 4/5, coriaceous, glabrous or pub¬escent over the veins, keels winged, ciliate, apices obtuse, mucronate, divergent; lemmas 2.5-3.5 mm, connate at the base, glabrous, apices truncate, awns 3-6 mm, geniculate, exceeding the lemmas by 0-4 mm; anthers 1.2-2.5 mm. 2n = unknown.


Alopecurus creticus is native to marshes and wet places in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. It was discovered on ballast dumps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century; it has not persisted in the Flora region.

Selected References


Lower Taxa