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Anatomy

Brachypodium distachyon has many qualities that make it ideal as a model organism for genomic plant research:

Auricle: An ear-shaped appendage at the base of a leaf, leaflet, or corolla lobe.
Blade: The portion of the leaf, which is divided from the sheath by the collar and ligule. The lengths, width, type of tip, and roughness or smoothness are a few of the characteristics of various species.
Culm: The stem of a grass.
Inflorescence: The entire seed head.
Ligule: A protruding structure from the upper surface of the leaf where the blade and the sheath are joined. This structure may be membranous, a fringe of hairs, or a membrane with hairs. The ligule can vary in both shape and size, and may also be absent. This ligule is membranous.
Node: The point along a stem that gives rise to leaves, branches, or inflorescences.
Sheath: A tubular structure affected by the formation of leaf margins around the stem. The base of a grass leaf that runs from the node up to the blade.
Spikelet: One set of seeds in an inflorescence.

Brachy Classification

Kingdom Plantae – Plants
_Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
__Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
___Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
____Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
_____Subclass Commelinidae
______Order Cyperales
_______Family Poaceae – Grass family
________Genus Brachypodium P. Beauv. – false brome
_________Species Brachypodium distachyon (L.) P. Beauv. – purple false brome