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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Spikelets Spikelets comprising 2 -3 fertile lyteum without rhachilla extension. We are currently updating this section. Retrieved from ” https: Ehrharteae Oryzeae Phyllorachideae Streptogyneae. Anomochlooideae Pharoideae Puelioideae Anomochloeae Streptochaeteae. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included.

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Journal of Systematics and Evolution. This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Florets Fertile lemma ovate; mm long; coriaceous; much thinner above; pallid; without keel; -veined. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

For more information about QR Codes click here. Views Read Edit View history. Pliny the Elder in Natural History of Pliny Volume 4 Book XIX notes when referring to the use of spartum Stipa tenacissima that “there is a kind of spartum grown psartum Africa of a stunted nature and is quite useless for all practical purposes.


They are wrapped in a lance-shaped bract called a spatheole.

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Inflorescences Inflorescence comprising only a few spikelets; comprising 1 fertile spikelets; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Flora of Pakistan Lygeum spartum fibres have high tensile strength and flexibility, and is used for making ropes, sandals, baskets, mats and other durable articles.

All plant pages have their own unique code. Lemma hairs mm long. The species is hermaphrodite has both male and female organs and is pollinated by Wind. It prefers dry or moist soil. American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3 Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up lyguem clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well.

Both are very tolerant of saline soils. Rocky sea shores[1], on dry sandy or clayey, often gypsaceous soil[50]. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can.

Habit and Cultural Information. Range Europe – Mediterranean. A fibre is obtained from the leaves[1, 61, ], it makes a fine quality paper[]. You will receive a range of benefits including: Department of Botany, University of Karachi, Karachi. This plant is naturally widespread throughout the Mediterranean from southern Italy and Crete west to the Iberian Pennisula and in North Africa where it is found on clay and chalky soils in arid climates from to 3, feet in elevation, often higher than the similar more coastal Stipa tenacissima.


They have also used in the manufacture of high quality paper. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.

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It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from June to July. Lemma margins fused below to those of opposing floret forming an urn. For a list of references used on this page please go here.

The specific epithet is from the Greek word ‘sparton’ for “rope” and this is translated back to Spanish as ‘esparto’. Palea fused below to lemma margins forming a septum between lemmas ; linear; 2 length of lemma.

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