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Desmazeria rigida

DESMAZERIA Dumort.
Plants hermaphroditic, caespitose, annual. Culms ascending to mat forming, glabrous; internodes hollow, terete. Leaves cauline, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete, open; auricles absent; ligules membranous; blades flat, lax. Panicles open or contracted with spicate primary unilateral branches or without spicate primary unilateral branches, primary branches spreading to ascending. Spikelets solitary, laterally compressed, disarticulation above glumes; awnless; sessile or pedicellate (short and stout); florets 3-12, reduced florets at apex, callus glabrous, rachilla not extended above upper floret; glumes, first 1-3 veined, second 3-5-veined, unequal, shorter than first floret, glabrous, awnless; lemmas 5-veined, membranous to indurate, glabrous, obtuse, awnless; paleas present, 2-veined, awnless, glabrous. Stamens 3. Base chromosome number x=7.

A weedy genus of about seven species native to Europe. These species are commonly adventive xerophytes of open habitats.