Scientific Name:
Hordeum murinum subsp. leporinum (Link) Arcang.
  • Hordeum leporinum Link (1834)
  • Critesion murinum subsp. leporinum (Link) Á.Löve (1980)

Lower leaf-sheaths with ± dense, long, soft hairs. Leaf-blade 2–22 cm × 1.5–8 mm. Racemes erect, green to purplish, sometimes dark brown at maturity; rachis margins long hairy. Central spikelet ☿, on glabrous pedicel 0.5–1 mm; lateral spikelets on shortly pubescent pedicels, 1–1.5 mm. Lateral spikelets: outer glumes 17–24 mm, inner 15–18 mm and with long hairy margins near base; lemma abaxially glabrous and straw-coloured below, green and more distinctly nerved and scabrid on nerves above, awn 11–27 mm; palea adaxially villous; lodicules 2.5 mm, hairy; anthers 0.8–1.6 mm. Central spikelet: lemma smooth but sparsely scabrid below awn, pale whitish green, greenish to purplish above, awn 18–30 mm, ± reaching to top of awns of lateral spikelets; palea keels with a few prickle-teeth near rounded, produced or bifid, ciliate apex, interkeel long hairy, adaxially short-ciliate. Anthers 0.8–1 mm.

[From:  Edgar and Connor (2000) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 5 (second printing). as Critesion murinum subsp. leporinum (Link) Á.Löve]

Petersen, G.; Seberg, O. 2003: Phylogenetic analyses of the diploid species of Hordeum (Poaceae) and a revised classification of the genus. Systematic Botany 28: 293–306.