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Perennial, cespitose, occasionally shortly rhizomed.
Stem: erect to nodding, up to 1 m.
Leaf: sheath glabrous or hairy, with tuft of hairs at tip; ligule a rim of hairs; blades persistent or breaking apart at ligules, flat or inrolled, glabrous or hairy.
Inflorescence: generally raceme-like or few-branched, panicle-like.
Spikelet: laterally compressed; glumes subequal, veins 3–13; florets 3–10, bisexual, breaking apart above glumes and between florets; callus sharp or ± blunt with lateral tufts of stiff hairs; lemma ovate to lanceolate with 2 complete or incomplete transverse rows of tufts of hairs occasionally reduced to marginal tufts, veins 5–9, 2-lobed, lobes often bristle-tipped, central awn from between lobes generally with twisted column.
Fruit: obovate to elliptic.
45–50 species: temperate South America, New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea. (Greek: wrinkled seed) [Darbyshire & Connor 2003 FNANM 25:309–312] Florets cross-pollinated and anthers long, or self-pollinated and anthers short. Rytidosperma biannulare (Zotov) Connor & Edgar and Rytidosperma richardsonii (Cashmore) Connor & Edgar occasionally escaped from research plots, not known to have persisted.
1. Upper and lower lemma hairs (except callus) in 2 continuous rows of tufts ..... [R. caespitosum]
1' Upper lemma hairs (except callus) in isolated tufts or in tufts at margins only, lower row of tufts generally continuous
2. Callus hairs generally overlapping lower row of lemma hairs; lateral lemma lobes gradually narrowed to awn; central awn 5–17.5 mm ..... R. penicillatum
2' Callus hairs rarely reaching lower row of lemma hairs; lateral lemma lobes abruptly narrowed to awn; central awn 11–14 mm ..... R. racemosum
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