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Published In: Flora of Tropical Africa 9: 582. 1920. (Fl. Trop. Afr.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of about 27 species in the tropics, 19 of them confined to Australia; 3 species occur in Pakistan.


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Annuals or perennials, often aquatic. Leaf-blades linear; ligule a ciliate rim Inflorescence composed of several to many short straight racemes spaced along a common axis and ± appressed to shallow hollows in it; rhachis triquetrous or winged, usually ending in a point, bearing single imbricate spikelets, their lower glume abaxial. Spikelets ovate, dorsally compressed, glabrous; lower glume much shorter than the spikelet; upper glume mostly almost as long as the spikelet; lower floret male or barren, its lemma resembling the upper glume; upper lemma crustaceous, acute, clasping only the edges of the palea; upper palea acute, the tip briefly reflexed. Caryopsis elliptic, dorsally compressed.

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1 Lower floret male, with a palea; upper lemma granulose (2)
+ Lower floret sterile, without a palea; upper lemma rugulose Paspalidium punctatum
2 (1) Leaves blunt; spikes usually distant by 2-4 times their own length; spikelets gibbously globose Paspalidium flavidum
+ Leaves setaceously acuminate; spikes usually less than their own length apart; spikelets plano-convex Paspalidium geminatum
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