Scientific Name:
Hordeum murinum L., Sp. Pl. 85 (1753) subsp. murinum
  • Critesion murinum (L.) Á.Löve, Taxon 29: 350 (1980) subsp. murinum

Lower leaf-sheaths glabrous, or with scattered, long, soft hairs. Leaf-blade 3–15 cm × 2–8 mm. Raceme erect or inclined, light green, sometimes with purplish or golden tinge; rachis margins ciliate. Central ☿ spikelet sessile or on pedicel c. 0.3 mm; lateral spikelets shortly pedicelled. Lateral spikelets: outer glumes 15–32 mm, inner 13–25 mm, sparsely hairy on the curved margin near base; lemma abaxially slightly ciliate on margins near base and scabrid above, awn 8.5–40 mm; palea adaxially copiously long hairy; lodicules 1.5–1.75 mm; anthers 0.4–1.3 mm. Central spikelet: lemma abaxially glabrous but scabrid on nerves near apex, adaxially short-ciliate towards apex, awn 15–45 mm, overtopping all glumes and awns; palea folded, keels scabrid near produced, minutely bifid, ciliate apex, interkeel glabrous. Anthers 0.7–1.6 mm.

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

Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Löve, A. 1980: Chromosome Number Reports LXVII. Taxon 29(2/3): 347–367.
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.