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Descriptions

W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson

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Mosdenia

HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms 40–90 cm long. Ligule a ciliolate membrane.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes.

Racemes single; erect; multilateral. Rhachis angular.

Spikelets spreading; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 2.5–4 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus square; pubescent; base truncate; attached transversely.

GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. 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. Upper glume lanceolate; 1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; hyaline; without keel; wingless; 3 -veined. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea hyaline; 2 -veined.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.

DISTRIBUTION Africa.

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