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

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Orcuttia inaequalis

HABIT Annual; caespitose. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 2–15 cm long. Leaves without demarcation between sheath and blade. Leaf-sheaths viscid. Ligule absent. Leaf-blades 1–2 cm long; 2–3 mm wide; viscid; aromatic. Leaf-blade surface pilose; sparsely hairy.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes.

Racemes 1; single; bilateral; 3–6 cm long. Rhachis angular; pubescent on surface. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 5–15(–25) fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 4–10 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; chartaceous; without keels; 5–9 -veined. Lower glume apex dentate; 2–5 -fid. Upper glume lanceolate; 0.5–0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; without keels; 5–9 -veined. Upper glume apex dentate; 2–5 -fid.

FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; 3–4 mm long; chartaceous; keeled; 15 -veined. Lemma lateral veins prominent. Lemma apex lobed; 5 -fid; with outer lobes shorter; incised 0.33 of lemma length; mucronate; 5 -awned (mucros). Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.

FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2; sparsely hairy.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.

DISTRIBUTION North America: southwest USA.

NOTES Orcuttieae. Hoover 1999.

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