Lophopyrum ponticum (Podp.) A.Love

Feddes Repert. 95: 489 (1984) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Robust caespitose perennial. Culms erect, to 1 m high or more. Leaves prominently veined, glabrous or with scattered hairs; blades flat or loosely inrolled, sharp-pointed, to 50 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, scabrous toward the tip, otherwise smooth; ligule truncate, minutely ciliate, c. 0.5 mm long; auricles hardly developed. Inflorescence a distichous spike, 10–40 cm long. Spikelets 10–25 mm long, often curving away from the rachis in the upper part; glumes truncate, 7–11 mm long, the upper longer than the lower by up to 3 mm, both prominently 5–11-nerved, sometimes weakly scabrous along midrib; lemma obtuse or notched at apex, 9–13 mm long, c. 5-nerved, only the midrib prominent, glabrous except for finely ciliate margins; palea slightly shorter than lemma. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Planted as a crop mostly on heavier soils, sometimes prone to inundation or salination, but spreading from cultivation in many areas and now recognised as an aggressive invader of grasslands.

The cultivar, 'Tyrell', is often selected for salted land.

Often treated as Lophopyrum (or Thinopyrum) elongatum but that species is a low-growing, selfing diploid whereas L. ponticum is a tall, out-crossing decaploid.

Should Lophopyrum be included in Thinopyrum as some authors maintain (e.g. Barkworth et al. 1983) ,there is no current valid name for L. ponticum in Thinopyrum.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Lophopyrum elongatum (Host) A.Löve).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2018-05-18

Barkworth, M.E.; Dewey, D.R. & Atkins, R.J. (1983). New generic concepts in the Triticeae of the Intermountain Region: Key and comments, Great Basin Naturalist 43: 561-572.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Lophopyrum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lophopyrum ponticum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lophopyrum ponticum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised

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