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Published In: Reliquiae Haenkeanae 1(4–5): 343, pl. 47. 1830. (Reliq. Haenk.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of 5 species in the Old World tropics; 1 species occurs in Kashmir.
Comment/Acknowledgements: This genus is often misidentified, for it combines a nondescript external appearance with diagnostic characters (in the upper floret) which are difficult to observe.


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Annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades convolute to lanceolate; ligule membranous or a line of hairs. Inflorescence composed of untidy racemes, these digitate or in whorls on a short central axis; rhachis triquetrous, bearing paired or fascicled spikelets. Spikelets ovate to elliptic, dorsally compressed; glumes unequal, the lower shorter than the spikelet, acute to acuminate, the upper equalling the spikelet and ciliate on the margins; lower floret male, its lemma resembling the upper glume but eciliate, the palea short and deeply bifid; upper lemma chartaceous, acuminate to a short awn, its narrow margins covering only the edges of the acute palea. Caryopsis elliptic-oblong.
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