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Spartina

See list of 4 species in this genus

Reference: Barkworth (2003c).

  • 1a. Reproductive stems 1–4 (–6) mm thick near base; leaf blades 0.5–4 mm wide, involute when fresh; ligules 0.3–1 mm long; panicles with 2–9 (–15) branches 1–7 cm long
  • 1b. Reproductive stems (2.5–) 5–20 mm thick near base; leaf blades 5–20 mm wide, 
flat when fresh (sometimes involute in S. cynosuroides); ligules 1–3 mm long; panicles with (3–) 5–67 branches (1.5–) 5–15 cm long
    • 2a. Leaf blades smooth or slightly scabrous on the margins and near the apex; rhizomes ± white when fresh, with non-imbricate or only slightly overlapping scales; axis of panicle branches prolonged and often exceeding uppermost spikelet
    • 2b. Leaf blades strongly scabrous on the margins and near the apex; rhizomes light brown to purple-brown when fresh, with closely imbricate scales; axis of panicle branches not prolonged or shortly prolonged and then not exceeding the uppermost spikelet

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