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

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Coelachne minuta

HABIT Annual. Culms 5–8 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades lanceolate, or oblong; 1–2 cm long; 3–5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough on both sides; pilose; sparsely hairy; hairy adaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acute.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; oblong; 2–5 cm long; 1–2.5 cm wide.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 1.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 0.5 mm long.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic, or orbicular; 0.25 mm long; 0.5 length of upper glume; 0.1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume elliptic, or orbicular; 0.5 mm long; 0.25 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1–2 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse.

FLORETS Fertile florets female (upper); with the lowest dissimilar. Lowest fertile lemma bisexual; elliptic; 1.25 mm long; 1.75 length of adjacent lemma; firmer than adjacent lemma; hairy. Fertile lemma elliptic; 0.7 mm long; hyaline; without keel; 0 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1 length of lemma.

FLOWER Anthers 2; 0.5 mm long.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid. Embryo 0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum punctiform.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-tropical: India and Indo-China.

NOTES Isachneae. Bor 1993.

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