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16. Poaceae Tribe CENTOTHECEAE

假淡竹叶族 jia dan zhu ye zu

Authors: Liang Liu & Sylvia M. Phillips

Annuals or perennials. Leaf blades broad with cross veins and sometimes a pseudopetiole; ligule a short scarious rim, sometimes ciliolate. Inflorescence a panicle or composed of racemes. Spikelets all alike, laterally compressed, florets 1 to many, upper florets ± reduced, disarticulating below each floret or falling entire; glumes herbaceous, shorter than lemmas, 3–7-veined, apex usually entire; lemmas herbaceous, similar to glumes, 5–9-veined, awnless or shortly awned from apex. Caryopsis ellipsoid or trigonous. x = 12.

Ten genera and ca. 30 species: mainly in the tropics, in shady places; two genera and three species in China.

1 Lemmas awnless; spikelets breaking up above glumes.   111 Centotheca
+ Lemmas awned; spikelets falling entire.   112 Lophatherum

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