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Taiwan Gramineae | Family List | Poaceae | Eragrostis

Eragrostis ciliaris (L.) R. Br., Tuckey, Narr. Exp. Congo, App. 478. 1818. Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 481.1978.


Culm slender, tufted. Blade about 15 cm long by 3 mm wide, surface sparingly covered with silky hairs; ligule about 0.4 mm long, a ring of hairs; sheath densely covered with long silky hairs. Inflorescence a spike-like contracted panicle. Spikelets many-flowered, about 2 mm long; glumes chartaceous, deltoid-lanceolate, l-nerved, pointed at apex; the lower slightly shorter than the upper; the upper about 1 mm long; lemma chartaceous, about 1 mm long, 3-nerved, mucronate, backside of midrib covered with short glandular hairs; palea chartaceous, as long as the lemma, oblanceolate, 2-keeled, cilia longer than the width of the palea. Caryopsis about 0.3 mm long; the embryo 1/2 the length of the caryopsis.

TAINAN: Hsinhua Hutoupei, Kuoh s. n. May 9, 1986. TAITUNG: Tengleh, Liu 5911011.

Distributed in the tropics and subtropics of the Old World and New World.

A sporadic annual in dry places. This is a recent addition to the grass flora of Taiwan, and is probably a naturalized grass.


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