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Eremochloa ophiuroides

EREMOCHLOA Buese.
Plants hermaphroditic, caespitose or stoloniferous, perennial. Culms mat forming or decumbent; internodes solid, glabrous or hairy, terete; nodes hairy. Leaves basal, not distinctly distichous; sheaths with compressed keels, margins open; auricles absent; blades flat, linear (narrow), stiff, apex acute. Spicate racemes terminal and axillary, sheath subtending the inflorescence not inflated or spathe-like; not aromatic; rachis hairy (curved); pedicels without longitudinal groove, glabrous, flattened. Spikelets solitary or paired at each inflorescence node; sessile (or short pediceled) spikelets fertile, pedicellate spikelets rudimentary (sterile) or absent; similar or dissimilar in size and shape, disarticulation below the glumes, dorsiventrally compressed. Pedicellate spikelets reduced or absent (sterile), awnless. Sessile spikelets perfect; first glumes 2-keeled, without gland-like depressions or pits; abaxial surface flat, shiny, chartaceous or coriaceous, glabrous, awnless; second glumes length shorter than first glumes; lower floret staminate ; lemmas hyaline, apex entire, awnless; paleas present, hyaline; upper florets fertile; lemmas hyaline, 0-veined, entire, acuminate, awnless; paleas present, hyaline. Stamens 3, anthers brown. Caryopses small, dorsiventrally compressed. The base chromosome number x=9.

This genus has about nine species that are native to temperate or tropical Asia. Our species is used as a lawn grass.