Chloris

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted or stoloniferous annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat or folded; ligules membranous. Inflorescence an umbel of spikes (or rarely, the spikes alternate or verticillate along the axis) 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, with 1(–2), bisexual florets below, and 1–several male and/or sterile florets above; glumes 2, unequal, 1-nerved, keeled, persistent; fertile lemma 1–5-nerved, laterally compressed, awned from the base of an apical notch; sterile lemmas awned or awnless.

About 40 species, from tropical and warm-temperate countries; 11 in Australia, 6 or 7 of them native, 4 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 Chloris
Subordinate taxa