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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Gramineae
Paspalum

Citation: L., Syst. Nat. edn 10:855 (1759).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Mostly perennials; leaves variable; ligule membranous.

Inflorescence of spikes or racemes forming an umbel or panicle; spikelets 1-flowered, not awned, plano-convex, with the flat outer face (first lemma) turned away from the rather broad flat or triquetrous rhachis of the raceme (spikelet abaxial); first glume minute or wanting, second glume membranous; first lemma equal to the second glume, second (fertile) lemma and palea about as long as the second glume, hardened round the grain.

Distribution:  About 250 species from warm areas. (Bor in Rechinger (1970) Fl. Iranica 70:493-495.)

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Margins of spikelets villous or long-ciliate
P. dilatatum 1.
1. Margins of spikelets glabrous
 
2. Upper glume puberulent on the back
P. distichum 2.
2. Upper glume glabrous on the back
P. vaginatum 3.

Author: Not yet available


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