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

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Dimeria aristata

HABIT Perennial. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 30–60 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades 7–15 cm long; 2–4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes.

Racemes 2–3; paired, or digitate; sinuous; unilateral; 4–8 cm long. Rhachis angular; ciliate on margins. Spikelet packing crowded; regular; 2 -rowed.

Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels cuneate; flattened.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; compressed strongly; 3.5–4 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus pubescent; base obtuse.

GLUMES Glumes dissimilar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; 1-keeled; wingless; 3 -veined. Lower glume primary vein ciliate. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; coriaceous; with hyaline margins; 1-keeled; winged on keel; winged near apex (as a crest), or all along; 3 -veined. Upper glume primary vein ciliate. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pilose. Upper glume apex obtuse.

FLORETS Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; hyaline. Fertile lemma elliptic; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 7–10 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn glabrous. Palea absent or minute.

FLOWER Anthers 2.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-tropical: India.

NOTES Andropogoneae. WDC.

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