Aphanelytrum Hack.
  • Oesterr. Bot. Z. 52: 12 (1902) 

Notes: Distribution: W. South America

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Culms geniculately ascending (1), or prostrate (1); 14-29.5-50 cm long; rooting from lower nodes (1/1). Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades firm (1), or flaccid (1). INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open. Primary panicle branches not whorled (1), or whorled at most nodes (1). Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform (1/1). FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets (1), or 3 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear (1), or oblong (1), or cuneate (1); laterally compressed; 5-7.75-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure (1), or two (1); persistent (1/1); shorter than spikelet (1/1). Lower glume linear (1/1); 1 length of upper glume; 1 -veined (1/1). Lower glume lateral veins absent (1/1). Lower glume apex acute (1/1). Upper glume lanceolate (1/1); 0.25-0.29-0.33 length of adjacent fertile lemma; 3-4 -veined (1/1). Upper glume apex entire (1/1), or dentate (1/1); 2 -fid (1/1); acute (1/1). FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate; herbaceous; keeled; 3-4 -veined (1), or 5 -veined. Lemma surface smooth (1), or scaberulous (1). Lemma apex entire (1), or dentate (1); 3 -fid (1/1); setaceously attenuate (1/1). Palea keels smooth (1), or scabrous (1). Palea apex dentate (1/1). FLOWER Lodicules 2 (1/1). Anthers 3. Ovary glabrous. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp (1/1). Hilum elliptic (1/1). DISTRIBUTION South America.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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