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Key to Setaria

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(For a list of species in Setaria, use the above link.)

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1. Bristles at base of  with short stiff hairs pointed toward base

2. Leaf  margins glabrous  sparsely hairy abaxially ..... S. adhaerens

2' Leaf sheath margins ; leaf blade scabrous abaxially ..... S. verticillata

1' Bristles at base of spikelets with short stiff hairs pointed toward tip

3. Upper  ± = upper ; upper lemma ± smooth, dull or shiny

4. Spikelet ± 2 mm;  3–8 cm; leaf blades 3–12 mm wide ..... S. viridis

4' Spikelet 2.5–3 mm; panicle 8–30 cm; leaf blades 10–30 mm wide ..... S. faberi

3' Upper glume < upper lemma; upper lemma strongly ridged

5. Rhizomes absent; upper glume <= 0.5 × upper lemma;  generally > 2.8 mm, generally 1.5–2 mm wide ..... S. pumila subsp. pumila

5' Rhizomes present; upper glume > 0.5 × upper lemma; spikelet generally < 2.8 mm, generally <= 1.5 mm wide

6. Panicle < 10 cm, 3–4 mm wide; bristles green or straw-colored; stigma dark brown or purple; base of flowering stems with hard, knot-like swellings ..... S. parviflora

6' Panicle > 10 cm, 4–6 mm wide; bristles generally orange; stigma pale; base of flowering stems not swollen ..... S. sphacelata


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