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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.
Annual, perennial herb, generally cespitose. Stem: solid, generally glabrous. Leaf: generally basal; ligule generally < 1 mm, generally hairy; blade flat to inrolled, adaxial surface generally puberulent or short-hairy, often ciliate near ligule, hairs long, bulbous-based. Inflorescence: generally panicle-like; branches spike-like, 1 per node, persistent or deciduous in fruit; spikelets 2-rowed on 1 side of axis, overlapping. Spikelet: sessile or short-stalked, ± cylindric to laterally compressed; glumes generally unequal, generally lanceolate, 1-veined, upper glume firmer than lower; axis (if inflorescence branch persistent) breaking between glumes and lower floret; florets generally 2–3, lower floret bisexual, > upper, upper floret(s) generally reduced, sterile; lemma 3-veined, generally 3-awned, awns straight, scabrous; palea ± = lemma.
57 species: America. (Claudio (b. 1774) and Esteban (b. 1776) Boutelou, Spanish botanists, horticulturists) [Columbus 1999 Aliso 18:61–65] Many species important for forage.
2. Spikelets 1–4 per inflorescence branch; branch axis prolonged beyond terminal spikelet node generally > 5 mm; inflorescence branches deciduous in fruit, spikelets falling with branch ..... B. aristidoides var. aristidoides
2' Spikelets > 6 per inflorescence branch; branch axis terminated by spikelet; inflorescence branches persistent, spikelet axis breaking between glumes and lower floret
3. Tip of lower floret lemma 2-lobed, central awn from sinus; base of middle or, if only 2 florets, upper floret hairy-tufted ..... B. barbata var. barbata
3' Tip of lower floret lemma tapered to central awn; base of upper floret glabrous ..... B. trifida (2)
1' Perennial herb — rhizomes or stolons sometimes present
4. Inflorescence branches 13–60, deciduous in fruit, spikelets falling with branch ..... B. curtipendula
4' Inflorescence branches < 8, persistent in fruit, spikelet axis breaking between glumes and lower floret
5. Lower stem internodes hairy; inflorescence branch axis slightly prolonged beyond terminal spikelet node ..... B. eriopoda
5' Lower stem internodes glabrous or minutely scabrous; inflorescence branch axis terminated by fertile or vestigial spikelet
6. Base of middle or, if only 2 florets, upper floret hairy-tufted; tip of lower floret lemma 2-lobed, central awn from sinus ..... B. gracilis
6' Base of upper floret glabrous; tip of lower floret lemma tapered to central awn ..... B. trifida (2)
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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