Apera spica-venti

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Apera spica-venti (L.) P.Beauv.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

140C / 64b65c 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Apera spica-venti is a grass.

Naming

Apera spica-venti was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Ambroise Marie François Joseph Palisot de Beauvois, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1812.

Taxonomy

Apera spica-venti is a species in the genus Apera which contains 5 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 20 to 120 centimetres.

Leaves

Apera spica-venti is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Apera spica-venti produces panicles of green flowers from June to July.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Apera spica-venti is native to the whole of Europe and West-Siberia.

Cultivation

The grasses tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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