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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson
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HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms 25–75 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades filiform; coriaceous; stiff.
INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence comprising only a few spikelets; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Spatheole lanceolate; chartaceous.
FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2–3 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; urceolate; laterally compressed; 30–45 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus bearded. Rhachilla internodes definite.
GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure.
FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keel; wingless; 7–9 -veined. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves; villous. Lemma margins fused below to those of opposing floret forming an urn. Lemma apex caudate. Palea 2 length of lemma.
FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 3. Stigmas 1; papillose.
FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong. Embryo 0.25–0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 2 length of caryopsis.
DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa.
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