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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson
© Copyright The Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
HABIT Annual. Culms erect; 5–32.5–60 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane.
INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.
Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 3–5 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets sessile; 3–5 in the cluster. Involucre composed of imperfect spikelets.
STERILE SPIKELETS Companion sterile spikelets represented by single glumes; persistent. Companion sterile spikelet glumes awned.
FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 3–6 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 2–4.125–7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite.
GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface without pits. Lower glume apex acuminate; awned. Upper glume lanceolate; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned.
FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; membranous; keeled; wingless; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliate. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels winged; with toothed wings. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
FLOWER Lodicules 1, or 2. Anthers 1–3. Stigmas 2; sparsely hairy.
FRUIT Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
DISTRIBUTION Africa, or Temperate Asia (1), or Tropical Asia (1), or Australasia (1).
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