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Panicum miliaceum L., Sp. Pl. 58. 1753; Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 576. 1978.

Panicum miliaceum

Credit: CC Hsu

Cultuvated annuals; culms erect, single or tufted, nodes bearded; ligule ca. 1 mm long, with cilia ca. 2 mm long. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle, drooping when mature. Spikeles 2-flowered, ovate-elliptic, ca. 4.5 mm long, acute, glabrous; glume papery, pointed, unequal; lower glume deltoid, 7-9-veined, ca. 3.5 mm long; upper glume 11-veined, veins converged into a thickened beak, as long as spikelet, palea of lower floret small, usually notched at apex; upper floret fertile, rounded, glabrous, polished, ca. 3 mm long, lemma rounded in back, 7-veined; palea 2-veined. Caryopsis rounded, 2 mm long, smooth, embryo 1/2 as long as grain, hilum punctiform, black.

ILAN: Ssuyuen, Ku s. n.

Originally from Central Asia, cultivated in warm and temperate regions. Taiwan, cultivated as a green fodder.


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