Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous dioecious perennials, leaves usually strongly distichous, firm, pointed; ligule a minute ciliate rim with longer hair-tufts at the sides; auricles sometimes developed. Inflorescence a raceme or spike. Spikelets several-flowered, laterally compressed; female spikelets breaking between the florets at maturity; glumes several-nerved, subequal, stiff, keeled, persistent, shorter than the spikelet; lemmas resembling glumes but larger and firmer; palea slightly shorter than lemma.

13 species, mostly from maritime or other saline habitats, 12 native to North America; 1 in southern Australia.

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 Distichlis
Subordinate taxa