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Danthonia spicata

DANTHONIA DC. Danthonia
Plants hermaphroditic, caespitose, perennial. Culms erect or ascending, glabrous or hairy, internodes hollow, terete. Leaves basal, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete, margins open; auricles absent; ligules a line of hairs or ciliate membrane; blades flat or involute, linear, lax. Panicles open (rarely a raceme), primary branches spreading or ascending. Spikelets solitary (large), laterally compressed, disarticulation above glumes, awned, pedicellate; cleistogamous spikelets, when present in leaf sheaths; florets 4-12, reduced floret at apex, callus hairy, rachilla not extended beyond upper floret; glumes 2, first 3-7-veined, second 3-7 veined, nearly equal, frequently equal to spikelet length, glabrous, awnless (pointed); lemmas 5-7-veined, chartaceous to coriaceous, hairy; apex usually bifid and awned from between lobes of bifid apex; awn geniculate (flattened at base); paleas 2- veined, awnless, glabrous. Stamens 3; anthers purple or yellow. Caryopses(?) Base chromosome number x=6. A genus of about 20 species, mostly from the southern hemisphere.