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Robert Webster

Annual [perennial herb]. Stem: decumbent to erect. Leaf: basal and cauline; sheath glabrous or hairy; ligule generally < 1 mm, membrane hairy-fringed; blade generally flat. Inflorescence: panicle-like, ± dense; 1° branches spreading to appressed; 2° branches appressed; spikelets many, 1–2 per node, short-stalked to subsessile, on one side of axis. Spikelet: lanceolate, ± dorsally compressed, generally green, falling as 1 unit; glumes strongly unequal, lower glume generally 0, fused to spikelet base to form a disk- or cup-like ring between stalk and upper glume, upper glume ± = spikelet; florets 2, lower floret sterile, generally acuminate, palea 0, upper floret fertile, lemma firm or hard, generally wrinkled, margin inrolled, tip short-pointed to awned.
± 30 species: warm temperate, tropics, worldwide. (Latin: woolly grass) [Shaw & Webster 1987 Sida 12:165–207] Eriochloa villosa (Thunb.) Kunth reported from Sonoma Co. as germinating from birdseed. Report of Eriochloa fatmensis (Hochst. & Steud.) Clayton in northern Desert not verified.

Key to Eriochloa

1. Upper glume awnless ..... E. acuminata var. acuminata

1' Upper glume tapered to short awn, awn generally ± 1–3 mm

2. Spikelets generally 2 per node at middle of branch axis; leaf blade glabrous adaxially; glume awn ± 1–3 mm; upper floret lemma abruptly pointed, point < 0.5 mm ..... E. aristata var. aristata

2' Spikelets generally 1 per node; leaf blade short-hairy adaxially; glume awn 0.4–1 mm; upper floret lemma awn slightly < 1 mm ..... E. contracta


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