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Genus :

Cyrtococcum

Family :

POACEAE

Description


Perennial, creeping grasses, much-branched. Leaf-blades lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, veins prominent, ligules membranous. Inflorescence an open or condensed panicle of pedicellate spikelets. Spikelets all alike, strongly laterally compressed, distinctly gibbous, 2-flowered, falling entire; glumes, dissimilar, lower shorter, subacute, upper gibbous, obtuse. Florets dissimilar, lower sterile;  upper floret perfect, strongly gibbous on back, lemmas indurate, smooth or minutely pitted, margin involute, tip with a distinct callus crest; paleas of similar texture on back, margin hyaline. Stamens 3. Caryopsis similar to upper florets.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Pedicels shorter than the spikelets Cyrtococcum oxyphyllum
1b. Pedicels longer than the spikelets 2
2a. Panicle very lax; pedicels longer Cyrtococcum accrescens
2b. Panicle contracted, pedicels shorter Cyrtococcum patens