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

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Stipagrostis hirtigluma

HABIT Annual, or perennial; short-lived; caespitose. Culms 30–80 cm long. Culm-nodes glabrous. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; convolute; 6–20 cm long; 1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough on both sides.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; 10–15 cm long.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 10–13 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; curved; 0.5–0.75 mm long; bearded; hairy in rings above and below; with longer hairs above and below; acute.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 6–11 mm long; 0.6–1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume surface pilose. Lower glume apex acute; mucronate. Upper glume lanceolate; 10–13 mm long; 3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface pilose. Upper glume apex acute; mucronate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; subterete; 3.5–4 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma surface tuberculate; rough above. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3-branched; with 35–55 mm long limb; with twisted column; deciduous; abscissing from top of lemma; limb plumose. Column of lemma awn 7–13 mm long; plumose; hairy on upper part; without distinct apical hairs. Lateral lemma awns ascending; 10–25 mm long; shorter than principal; glabrous. Palea 0.5 length of lemma; without keels.

DISTRIBUTION Africa: north, west tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, and south. Asia-temperate: western Asia and Arabia. Asia-tropical: India.

NOTES Aristideae. FTEA.

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