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Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Stem: decumbent to erect, simple. Leaf: sheath open, loosely enclosing stem, glabrous; ligule thinly membranous, obtuse to truncate, minutely ciliate to toothed; blades +- cauline, flat, scabrous, veins minutely prickly at 10×. Inflorescence: panicle-like, oblong to narrowly ovoid, interrupted to compact, dense. Spikelet: floret and glumes falling as 1 unit at maturity; glumes +- equal, 1-veined, entire or 2-lobed, awns 0, or arising at tip or between lobes, awn straight; floret 1; lemma +- 0.5 × glumes, translucent, 5-veined, tip toothed, awn < glume awn; palea slightly < lemma, transparent; anthers tightly enclosed by lemma and palea. Fruit: oblong, smooth, enclosed by lemma, palea.
Species In Genus: 18 species: warm temperate Eurasia, Africa, South America. Etymology: (Greek: much bearded) Note: Some species ornamental. Polypogon fugax Steud. an historical waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven A. Conley
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to PolypogonPrevious taxon: Poa wheeleri
Next taxon: Polypogon australis
Citation for this treatment: Steven A. Conley 2016. Polypogon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=11146, accessed on May 28, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 28, 2016.