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

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Coelorachis impressa

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Culms 50–100 cm long. Lateral branches ample. Leaf-sheaths without keel; glabrous on surface; outer margin hairy. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades filiform; terete; 20–40 cm long; 1–2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface hispid.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes; terminal and axillary. Peduncle widened at apex.

Racemes 1; single; smoothly terete; 6–12 cm long; 1–2 mm wide. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; semiterete; glabrous on surface. Rhachis internodes oblong; 4 mm long. Rhachis internode tip transverse; crateriform; with simple rim.

Spikelets sunken; in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels oblong; semiterete; 4 mm long; glabrous.

STERILE SPIKELETS Companion sterile spikelets rudimentary; comprising 2 unequal glumes without lemmas; ovate; 0.5–1 mm long; shorter than fertile; deciduous with the fertile.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; dorsally compressed; 4 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus base truncate; with central peg; attached transversely.

GLUMES Glumes dissimilar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; 2-keeled. Lower glume surface smooth. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume oblong; membranous; 1-keeled.

FLORETS Basal sterile florets barren; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; hyaline. Fertile lemma elliptic; hyaline; without keel.

DISTRIBUTION South America: Caribbean.

NOTES Andropogoneae. Man Gr WI 1994.

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