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Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Stem: prostrate to erect, flat, generally +- fleshy. Leaf: sheath compressed, strongly keeled; ligule membranous, ciliate; blade flat or folded. Inflorescence: generally digitate; branches generally 2--20, spike-like, with 2 rows of overlapping spikelets along 1 side of axis; spikelets sessile. Spikelet: bisexual, laterally compressed; glumes unequal, lower 1-veined, upper 1--7-veined; axis breaking apart above glumes and between florets or spikelets persistent; florets 2--15; lemma keeled, acute, 1- or 3-veined, short-awned or not; palea < lemma. Fruit: utricle-like, seed free from thin ovary wall.
Species In Genus: 9 species: Africa, 1 sp. in South America. Etymology: (Greek: Eleusis, ancient Greek city where Ceres, harvest goddess, was worshipped) Note: Cult for food, production of alcoholic beverage in Africa, India.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr.
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to EleusinePrevious taxon: Ehrharta longiflora
Next taxon: Eleusine coracana subsp. africana
Citation for this treatment: James P. Smith, Jr. 2017. Eleusine, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=11049, accessed on February 27, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 27, 2017.