Imperata

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous perennials. Leaf-blades flat; ligules membranous, ciliate. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle. Spikelets paired (one sessile, one pedicellate), each with 2 florets, disarticulating below the glumes; glumes 2, similar, 3–9-nerved, membranous, subtended by long silky hairs which remain attached to the spikelet after disarticulation; lower floret male (rarely) or sterile, usually lacking a palea; upper floret bisexual paleate; both considerably shorter than glumes and both thinly membranous.

10 species in tropical and warm-temperate countries; 1 in 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 Imperata
Subordinate taxa