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Annual, perennial herb. Stem: prostrate to erect, flat, generally ± fleshy. Leaf: sheath compressed, strongly keeled; ligule membranous, ciliate; blade flat or folded. Inflorescence: generally digitate; branches generally 2–20, spike-like, with 2 rows of overlapping spikelets along 1 side of axis; spikelets sessile. Spikelet: bisexual, laterally compressed; glumes unequal, lower 1-veined, upper 1–7-veined; axis breaking apart above glumes and between florets or spikelets persistent; florets 2–15; lemma keeled, acute, 1- or 3-veined, short-awned or not; palea < lemma. Fruit: utricle-like, seed free from thin ovary wall.
9 species: Africa, 1 sp. in South America. (Greek: Eleusis, ancient Greek city where Ceres, harvest goddess, was worshipped) [Hilu 2003 FNANM 25:109–111] Cult for food, production of alcoholic beverage in Africa, India.
Unabridged references: [Hilu 1980 Madroño 27:177–178; Phillips 1972 Kew Bull 27:251–270]

Key to Eleusine

1. Inflorescence branches generally 2–3 in a terminal cluster, generally 1–4 cm; short-lived perennial herb ..... E. tristachya

1' Inflorescence branches 4–20, 1(2) of them attached below the digitate cluster, generally 4–17 cm; annual

2. Lower glume 2–3-veined; inflorescence branches 5–15 mm wide ..... E. coracana subsp. africana

2' Lower glume 1-veined; inflorescence branches 3–6 mm wide ..... E. indica


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