Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat or folded; ligules a fringed membrane. Inflorescence a terminal umbel of spikes, occasionally with 1–several non-umbellate spikes. Spikelets arranged in two overlapping rows along one side of the rachis, 2–9-flowered, laterally compressed; glumes 2, shorter than spikelet, 1–7-nerved, unequal, persistent; lemma 1–5-nerved, acute, keeled dorsally. Grain pericarp membranous, not adhering to seed.

9 species, from tropical countries; 3 naturalised in Australia, 2 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 Eleusine
Subordinate taxa