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M. J. Dallwitz and L. Watson

Eleusine Gaertn.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Annual, or perennial (the culms flattened). Culms 10–150 cm high; herbaceous. Culm nodes glabrous. Leaf blades linear. Ligule a fringed membrane.

Inflorescence. Plants bisexual, with bisexual spikelets. Inflorescence of spicate main branches; open, or contracted (sometimes forming a capitulum); not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets secund.

Female-fertile spikelets, florets, fruit. Spikelets 3.5–11 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes, or not disarticulating (E. coracana); disarticulating between the florets (except in E. coracana). Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret. Hairy callus absent. Glumes two; very unequal; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; awnless; carinate. Upper glume 3–5(–7) nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only, or with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. Female-fertile florets 3–15. Lemmas entire; pointed, or blunt; awnless to mucronate; carinate; 3 nerved. Palea present. Lodicules present; fleshy, or membranous; glabrous. Stamens 3. Ovary glabrous. Stigmas 2; white, or brown. Fruit small (0.9–2 mm long); sculptured. Hilum short. Pericarp free.

Photosynthetic pathway, leaf blade anatomy. C4; biochemical type NAD–ME (2 species); XyMS+. Midrib conspicuous; with one bundle only. All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma.

Taxonomy, distribution. Chloridoideae; main chloridoid assemblage. 9 species. Holarctic, Paleotropical, Neotropical, Cape, and Antarctic.

Anatomical references. Metcalfe 1960; this project.

Illustrations. • Habit and spikelet - Eleusine coracana.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1998 onwards. DELTA sample data: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. Version: 19th October 2016. delta-intkey.com’.

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