Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted annuals or perennials, stems often prostrate. Leaf-blades flat; ligules membranous, often ciliate. Inflorescence a compact umbel of spikes, the spikelets crowded in two rows along one side of the rachis and spreading stiffly from it, spikes falling intact and separately at maturity. Spikelets 3–5-flowered, laterally compressed; glumes 2, 1-nerved, subequal, persistent; lemma 3-nerved, papery, keeled dorsally and somewhat recurved toward apex.

13 species, mostly from warm, near-tropical areas; 4 species in Australia, 1 indigenous and occurring 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
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