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

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Melanocenchris abyssinica

HABIT Annual; caespitose. Culms geniculately ascending; 10–20(–25) cm long. Leaf-sheaths pilose; with tubercle-based hairs. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; flat, or convolute; 1.5–5 cm long; 1.2–2.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade margins tuberculate-ciliate.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes.

Racemes 3–5(–6); borne along a central axis; distant; spreading; cuneate; unilateral; 1–1.5 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 1–2 fertile spikelets on each. Central inflorescence axis 2–5 cm long. Rhachis deciduous from axis; flattened; terminating in a barren extension; extension a forked bristle.

Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.

STERILE SPIKELETS Apical sterile spikelets barren; 2–3 in number.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; dorsally compressed; 7–9 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.

GLUMES Glumes collateral; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume linear; 5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume surface villous. Lower glume apex awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 3 mm long. Upper glume linear; 5 mm long; coriaceous; with hyaline margins; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface villous. Upper glume apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 3 mm long.

FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; 3 mm long; membranous; much thinner on margins; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma margins ciliolate. Lemma apex lobed; 3 -fid; incised 0.25 of lemma length; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3 mm long overall. Lateral lemma awns arising on apex of lobes; shorter than principal. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea apex dentate; 2 -fid. Apical sterile florets 2–3 in number; dissimilar. First apical floret male; ovate; muticous. Apical sterile florets barren; cuneate. Apical sterile lemmas truncate.

FLOWER Anthers 3.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.

DISTRIBUTION Africa: north and northeast tropical. Asia-temperate: western Asia and Arabia. Asia-tropical: India.

NOTES Cynodonteae. Fl Iran.

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