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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Annual, perennial herb, scapose, rhizomed or not. Stem: ± cylindric or flat, often prominent-ridged, <= 1 mm diam. Leaf: several, basal, spiraled, flower stem with 1+ cauline; blade flat proximally, longest > sheath, <= 4 mm wide; sheath distally open, margin scabrous, tip hairs << 1 mm, stiff; ligule 0 or of short hairs. Inflorescence: 1, terminal, branched or head-like, inflorescence bracts (1)2–8; spikelets (1)80+, cylindric [(flat)]; flower bracts 8–100, spiraled, each with 1 flower in axil or occasionally 0 in proximal 1–2, membranous, glabrous or puberulent, tip entire, mucronate, or short-awned. Flower: bisexual; perianth 0; style often flat, 2[3]-branched, base enlarged, not persistent. Fruit: 2–3-sided, wide-obovate, minute-netted-honeycombed, occasionally warty, brown or ± white, mucronate.
Generally moist to wet places.
100+ species: warm temperate to tropics. (Latin: fringe style) [Kral 2002 FNANM 23:121–131] Fimbristylis miliacea record (1866) undocumented for California.
Unabridged etymology: (Latin: fimbria, fringe, and stylus, style)

Key to Fimbristylis

1. Spikelets 3–5 mm wide; perennial herb, rhizomed ..... F. thermalis

1' Spikelets 1–1.5 mm wide; annual, rhizomes 0

2. Inflorescence branched ..... F. autumnalis

2' Inflorescence head-like ..... F. vahlii


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