Lygeum spartum: esparto: gray-green needlegrasses (Stipa tenacissima and Lygeum spartum) in the family Poaceae that are indigenous to southern Spain. Lygeum spartum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Family: Poaceae Barnhart. Genus: Lygeum Loefl. ex L. Lygeum spartum Loefl. ex L. This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit. Toggle navigation.

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American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3 Journal of Arid Environments 48 3 Spikelets Spikelets comprising 2 -3 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension.

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Flora of Pakistan Retrieved from spsrtum https: Its extensive root system has been shown to play a significant role in preventing desertification by stabilizing the sand and is a valued source of forage and for making rope, baskets, shoes, and paper.

Prefers a light loamy soil[1]. Eriachneae Hubbardieae Isachneae Micraireae. Lemma margins fused below to those of opposing floret forming an urn. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves. They are wrapped in a lance-shaped bract called a spatheole. To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.


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Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Subfamilies and tribes of the grasses Poaceae. The specific epithet is from the Greek word ‘sparton’ for “rope” and this spartuj translated back to Spanish as ‘esparto’.

For a list of references used on this page please go here. It is found in one portion of the province of Carthage in Neared Spain, though not in every part of that; but wherever it is produced, the mountains are covered all over with it.

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The name Lygeum was first applied to this plant by Linnaeus from the Greek ‘lygion’, switch or ‘lygizo’, to bend for the plant’s flexibility and use in mats, sails and ropes.

Journal of Systematics and Evolution. Pliny the Elder in Natural History of Pliny Volume 4 Book XIX notes when referring to the use of spartum Stipa lygeuum that “there is a kind of spartum grown in Africa of a stunted nature and is quite useless for all practical purposes. Florets Fertile lemma ovate; mm long; coriaceous; much thinner above; pallid; without keel; -veined.

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Search by size, origins, color, cultural needs, etc. Flora of Egypt 4: QR Code What’s this? Rocky sea shores, or on dry sandy or clay and often calcareous soil. It cannot grow in the shade. Lygeum spartum False Esparto Grass – A spreading rhizomatous grass with vertically-inclined pale yellowish gray-green rush-like leaves that grow to feet tall.

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A new fodder crop for Algerian saline steppes”. Lemma hairs mm long. It prefers dry or moist soil. Structure, ultrastructure of the anther, pollen microsporogenesis and morphology of pollen grains of two populations of Lygeum spartum L. In spring into summer appear the curious flowers of this grass which have 2 or 3 large single flower spikelets fused sparrum at the base surrounded by many long hairs and are further enveloped by a pair of large pale-colored lygeumm bracts.

Spatheole lanceolate; cm long; chartaceous.

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It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from June to July. Leaf-blade apex attenuate; filiform. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.

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