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Published In: Flora of Tropical Africa 9: 11, 169. 1917. (Fl. Trop. Afr.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus of about 14 species in eastern Africa, tropical Asia and Australia; 2 species occur in Pakistan.


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Annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat, sometimes aromatic; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a delicate panicle with elongated central axis and capillary branches bearing short racemes; racemes with 1-5(-8) sessile spikelets, without homogamous pairs at the base: internodes and pedicels linear, with a hyaline median line. Sessile spikelet dorsally compressed; callus very short, rounded; lower glume broadly convex to slightly concave on the back, abruptly rounded on the flanks, without pits; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma entire, with a glabrous or puberulous awn. Caryopsis oblong, slightly dorsally compressed. Pedicelled spikelet usually well developed.

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1 Suffruticose; spikelets usually in short racemes with 2-6 sessile spikelets, rarely in triads; sessile spikelet 1.8-2.5(-3) mm long; pedicelled spikelet 3-4.5 mm long Capillipedium assimile
+ Stems simple or sparingly branched; spikelets usually in triads, but occasionally with 2-4 (-6) sessile spikelets; sessile spikelet 2.4-3.3 mm long; pedicelled spikelet 2.2-3.5 mm long Capillipedium parviflorum
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