Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted or stoloniferous perennials, rarely annuals. Culm internodes solid or spongy. Ligule a membrane, sometimes fringed. Inflorescence a panicle of 2–several racemes. Spikelets dorsiventrally flattened, subsessile, arranged in 2 rows, each row along 1 side of the 3-angled raceme, 2-flowered, the lower floret neuter, the upper floret bisexual; lower glume not developed; sterile lemma membranous, as long as the spikelet; fertile lemma firm, slightly shorter than or equal to the spikelet, its dorsal surface facing away from the axis.

Around 110 species, mostly from tropical South America; 2 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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Axonopus
Subordinate taxa