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Melica ciliata


Melica ciliata, the hairy melic or silky spike melic, is a species of perennial bunchgrass native to Europe, north Africa, and temperate Asia.<ref name=kew>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=powo>Template:Cite web</ref> It has been introduced to South Australia.<ref name=powo/><ref name=apni>Template:Cite web</ref>


The species is tufted perennial with elongated rhizomes. It has erect culms which are Template:Cvt long. The leaf sheaths are tubular and closed; the ligule is an eciliate membrane. The leaf blades are flat, stiff, and Template:Cvt long by Template:Cvt wide. Their surface is scabrous and glabrous and the tip is attenuate. The panicle is contracted, reaching Template:Cvt in length. The spikelets are cuneate with one fertile floret. The florets are on pedicels.<ref name=kew/>

Both the lower and upper glumes lack keels. They are membranous, ovate, Template:Cvt long, and 5-veined. The palea have 2-veined, ciliated keels while the fertile lemma is keelless, lanceolate, with an acute apex and ciliated margins. The lemma is Template:Cvt long with 7–9 veins. The flowers are fleshy, oblong, truncate, with two lodicules and three anthers. The fruits is a caryopsis.<ref name=kew/>