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Annual, perennial herb, cespitose, rhizomed or not. Stem: simple, cylindric, <= 0.5 mm diam, not hollow. Leaf: basal, spiraled, 1–few; blade vestigial to >> sheath, <= 1 mm wide; ligule 0. Inflorescence: terminal, head-like, inflorescence bracts 1–2, 2–33 mm, leaf-like; spikelets 1–3(15), ± ovate, ± flat or not, many-flowered, 1–10 mm, 1–2 mm wide; flower bracts spiraled, each with 1 flower in axil, ovate, membranous, tip entire, generally short-awned. Flower: bisexual; perianth 0; stamens 1–3, anthers >= 0.6 mm; style 1, thread-like, base ± enlarged or not, stigmas 2–3. Fruit: ± wide-obovate, generally ± white to dark brown, minute-papillate, prominent-ridged lengthwise, or smooth, mucronate; tubercle 0.
69 species: temperate, subtropics, ± worldwide, especially Africa, Australia. (Greek: equal flower bract) [Muasya et al. 2007 Novon 17:59]
Unabridged etymology: (Greek, isos, equal, similar, and lepis a flower bract)
Unabridged references: [Muasya et al. 2006 Novon 16:19–20; Smith 2002 FNANM 23:137–140; Musaya & Simpson 2002 Kew Bull 57:257–362]

Key to Isolepis

1. Fruit ribbed lengthwise, not papillate ..... I. setacea

1' Fruit fine- to obscure-papillate or smooth, not ribbed

2. Spikelets ± flat ..... I. levynsiana

2' Spikelets not ± flat

3. Flower bracts in spikelet middle 1.8–2 mm, awn 0.2–0.5 mm; fruit 1–1.5 mm, 3-sided, ± as deep as wide, sides concave ..... I. carinata

3' Flower bracts in spikelet middle 1.2–1.8 mm, awn < 0.1 mm; fruit 0.8–1 mm, 2–3-sided, shallower than wide, sides convex or ± concave ..... I. cernua


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