Willdenowia 37 – Article37111

Willdenowia – Annals of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
ISSN 0511-9618
© 2007 BGBM Berlin-Dahlem.

Scholz, H. 2007: On the identity of Brachypodium firmifolium (Poaceae) from Cyprus.
Willdenowia 37: 215-220. 

Brachypodium glaucovirens is the correct name for B. firmifolium formerly regarded either as a Cyprus endemic or as a synonym of B. sylvaticum. The most important diagnostic features against B. sylvaticum are the erect racemes and finely prickled to shortly hairy longitudinal ribs on the adaxial leaf blade surface. Constancy of these characters was proven by cultivation in experimental plots (source plants from Cyprus and the S Aegean region). A key to the species and its relatives is provided. The names B. glaucovirens and B. firmifolium are lectotypified.

Key words
Gramineae, taxonomy, Brachypodium glaucovirens, Brachypodium sylvaticum, E Mediterranean region.

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