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Published In: Nova Genera et Species Plantarum seu Prodromus 1, 21. 1788. (Prodr.) 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 20 species; marsh plants of both hemispheres, mainly tropical but with several temperate species; 1 species occurs in Pakistan.


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Mostly perennials with creeping rhizomes; culms slender, often geniculate and ascending, up to ± 60 cm high. Leaf-blades flat or convolute, often harshly scabrid on the margins; ligule membranous. Panicle spreading, ovate or oblong, the spikelets shortly pedicelled and imbricate. Spikelets 1-flowered, strongly laterally compressed, falling entire from the pedicel; glumes absent or represented by an obscure frill at the pedicel-tip; lemma chartaceous, boat-shaped, usually 5-nerved, typically spinulose scabrid, muticous, rarely subulate-caudate or awned; palea resembling the lemma, but narrower and usually 3 -nerved; stamens (1-3-)6; stigmas 2.
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