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Slender Buffel Grass

Scientific Name
Cenchrus ciliaris
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, C (1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Liliopsida: Cyperales: Poaceae)
Reliability
High
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Spikelet Dorsal
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Seed Project
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Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Pictured: Spikelet

Description:

Spikelet Colour: Straw coloured, Yellow

Spikelet Length: 2 - 4mm, 4 - 7mm

Spikelet sculpture: Spikelet with awn

Spikelet shape: Subulate

Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1–4 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; connate into a disc below (0.5–1mm diam); with 0.2–0.3(–0.5) mm connate; 6–12 mm long; base obconical. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with an outer whorl of thinner bristles; inner bristles longer than outer; with one conspicuously longer bristle; 8–16 mm long; flattened (at least base of longest bristle); without grooves, or grooved on the face; flexible (often wavy); antrorsely scaberulous; ciliate.

Fertile spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acute; 2–5.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.

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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
25/06/2012 01:03 AEST
Last Updated
16/01/2013 13:42 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2012) Slender Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris ) Updated on 1/16/2013 1:42:53 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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