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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/23/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/23/2012)
PlaceOfPublication App. Tuckey Exp. Congo, 459. 1818.
Reference Pfeiffer in Fedde, Rep. Spec. Nov. 39:38-43. 1935.
Description Glabrous annuals or perennials, with leaves usually much shorter than the culms; inflorescence terminal, of several terete, sessile spikes, with an involucre of 2 or 3 leafy to subulate bracts; the individual spikes composed of numerous closely imbricated 3-scaled reduced spikelets, of which only the outermost scale is prominent, the 2 hyaline and obscure inner scales enveloping the plano-convex to trigonous elongate achene; stamens 1 or 2; style 2-3-cleft.
Distribution About 14 species in the tropics of both hemispheres.
Key a. Rigid perennial; scales broadly obovate; achene obovate -- 1. L. SELLOWIANA aa. Annual with soft leaves; scales narrow; achene linear - -2. L. MACULATA
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