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Brachyelytrum erectum

BRACHYELYTRUM P. Beauv.
Plants hermaphroditic, rhizomatous, perennial. Culms erect or ascending, glabrous or hairy; internodes solid, terete. Leaves cauline, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete, margins open; auricles absent; ligules membranous or a ciliate membrane; blades flat (pseudopetiolate), lanceolate, apex acuminate. Panicles contracted or narrow, primary branches appressed. Spikelets solitary, terete or doriventrally compressed, disarticulation above the glumes, awned, pedicellate; florets 1, reduced floret absent, callus hairy, rachilla extended beyond upper floret as a bristle; glume 2 (the first veinless or 1-veined, obsolete or vestigal), the second 1-veined, unequal, the second shorter than floret, scabrous, awned or awnless; lemmas 5-veined, membranous or chartaceous, scabrous, apex acuminate, tapering to an awn (1); awn straight; paleas 2-veined, awnless, scabrous. Stamens 3; anthers yellow. Caryopses linear, dorsiventrally compressed, endosperm liquid. Base chromosome number x=11. A monotypic genus of the Northern Hemisphere.