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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, or decumbent; 4–17 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs.
INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.
Primary panicle branches whorled at lower nodes.
Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 1.2–1.4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus pubescent.
GLUMES Glumes persistent; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 0.9–1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface without pits. Lower glume apex erose; obtuse. Upper glume lanceolate; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; hyaline; without keel; wingless; 1 -veined. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex truncate; awned. Principal lemma awn flexuous. Palea absent or minute.
FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 3. Ovary glabrous.
FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; fusiform; isodiametric; biconvex. Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum elliptic.
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