Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennials. Leaf-blades flat or folded; ligule a ciliate membrane. Inflorescence an umbel of spikes or spike-like racemes with spikelets arranged in 2 rows along one side of each of the rays of the umbel. Spikelets sessile or subsessile, 1-flowered; glumes 2, subequal, 1-nerved, keeled, more or less persistent, shorter than the spikelet; lemma 3-nerved, laterally compressed, keeled, unawned.

About 10 species, from tropical and sub-tropical countries, principally Africa; 6 occurring in Australia, perhaps 2 of them native, 2 species with naturalised elements 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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cynodon
Subordinate taxa