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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, perennial herb.
Stem: generally erect or ascending; internode solid to hollow.
Leaf: basal and cauline, similar or dissimilar, basal rosette well developed or not; blade generally flat or rolled under; sheath glabrous or hairy; ligule short-hairy or membranous, ciliate, hairs generally > membrane, with an adjacent false ligule of longer hairs in some species
Inflorescence: panicle-like, generally open; 1° branches spreading to ascending; 2° main branches simple or forked at base; spikelets many, 1–2 per node, generally stalked, on one side of axis or not, stalk tip expanded, one side concave.
Spikelet: falling as 1 unit, ± compressed, generally green to ± purple; glumes generally unequal, lower generally < upper, free, clasping, upper glume ± = spikelet, membranous, ± thin; florets 2, lower sterile or staminate, lemma texture like glumes, upper floret fertile, lemma leathery to hard, firm, generally shiny, smooth to rough, margin inrolled or partly flat, tip blunt, palea ± enclosed by lemma margin.
± 440 species: tropics to warm temperate, worldwide. (Latin: ancient name for millet) [Freckmann & Lelong 2003 FNANM 25:406–450, 450–488] Subg. Dichanthelium often recognized as distinct, monophyletic genus, as in FNANM by Freckmann; based on editorial decision, Panicum treated here to include Dichanthelium, which is phylogenetically nested in Panicum.
1. Lvs in 2 forms, basal < and generally wider than cauline, rosette well developed, generally persistent; main panicle branches forked at base (subg. Dichanthelium)
2. Spikelet 2.7–3.5 mm, 2–2.4 mm wide; upper glume 9-veined with a prominent orange spot at base, lower glume acuminate; ligule hairs 1–1.5 mm ..... P. oligosanthes var. scribnerianum
2' Spikelet 1–2 mm, ± < 1 mm wide; upper glume 7-veined, lacking orange spot at base, lower glume acute; ligule of hairs 2–4 mm ..... P. acuminatum
3. St, lower sheath generally glabrous ..... var. lindheimeri
3' St, sheath soft-hairy
4. Lf blade puberulent abaxially; inflorescence generally long-exserted ..... var. fasciculatum
4' Lf blade soft-hairy abaxially; inflorescence generally scarcely exserted ..... var. thermale
1' Lvs gradually reduced upward, basal rosette not well developed; main panicle branches simple at base (subg. Panicum)
5. Sheath compressed-keeled, blade folded at base; ligule ragged ..... P. rigidulum subsp. rigidulum
5' Sheath not compressed-keeled, blade flat or rolled under; ligule ciliate
6. Perennial, generally with rhizomes or stolons; lower floret staminate
7. St hard, almost woody; upper lemma with flat margin ..... P. antidotale
7' St not especially hard; upper lemma margin inrolled ..... P. urvilleanum
6' Annual; lower floret sterile
8. St, leaves ± glabrous; lower glume ± truncate, < 1/3 spikelet length ..... P. dichotomiflorum subsp. dichotomiflorum
8' St, leaves hairy; lower glume acute, > 1/3 spikelet length
9. Spikelet > 4 mm; panicle dense, spikelets in overlapping clusters ..... P. miliaceum subsp. miliaceum
9' Spikelet < 4 mm; panicle open, most spikelets well separated
10. Lower palea 0; base of upper floret without paired crescent-shaped scars ..... P. capillare
10' Lower palea present; base of upper floret generally with paired crescent-shaped scars
11. Spikelet axis not elongated between glumes and florets; lower glume 1–1.5 mm, < 1/2 spikelet length; stalks generally spreading, generally > 2 mm ..... P. hillmanii
11' Spikelet axis ± elongated between glumes and florets, visible; lower glume 1.5–2.5 mm, > 1/2 spikelet length; stalks generally appressed, generally < 2 mm ..... P. hirticaule subsp. hirticaule
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