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W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson
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HABIT Perennial. Culms geniculately ascending, or decumbent; slender; 8–60 cm long. Lateral branches sparse. Ligule an eciliate membrane.
INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.
Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong.
FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 2–3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
GLUMES Glumes persistent; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume elliptic, or oblong; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface asperulous; without pits. Lower glume apex emarginate; awned. Upper glume elliptic, or oblong; 1.5–2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume surface asperulous. Upper glume apex emarginate; awned; 1 -awned.
FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic, or oblong; hyaline; without keel; wingless; 5 -veined. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma apex dentate; 4 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical. Palea 0.75 length of lemma; hyaline; 2 -veined.
FLOWER Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2.
FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum linear.
DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa, or Temperate Asia, or Tropical Asia, or Australasia, or North America, or South America.
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