Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted or rhizomatous perennials (rarely annuals), foliage not aromatic. Culm internodes solid; nodes glabrous. Ligule membranous, sometimes fringed. Inflorescence a panicle of paired (rarely digitate or solitary) racemes, each pair or group of pairs of racemes subtended by a spathe-like bract, raceme bases not deflexing at maturity. Spikelets paired, the upper one pedicellate and male or barren, occasionally lacking; glumes membranous, those of the sessile bisexual spikelet dorsally compressed, the lower glume 2-keeled; sterile lemma unawned; fertile lemma bilobed with an awn inserted within the notch; palea unawned, shorter than lemma to vestigial or absent.

About 100 species, mostly tropical (North and South America, Africa, Asia etc.); 3 naturalised in Australia, 1 in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-10-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Andropogon
Subordinate taxa