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PENNISETUM L. C. Rich.
Plant caespitose or stoloniferous, perennial. Culms erect or ascending or decumbent or mat forming, glabrous or pubescent; internodes solid, terete. Leaves not differentiated into two kinds (basal rosette absent), basal and cauline, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete or with compressed keels; ligules a ciliate membrane; blades flat. Panicles contracted; primary branches reduced to a fascicle (bur) of bristles, and one or more spikelets, terminating in a bristle; disarticulation at base of fascicles (bur); fascicle of bristles with bristles terete, antrorsely barbed. Spikelets solitary or paired or ternate, not embedded in branch, dorsiventrally compressed; florets 2; lower florets sterile and staminate or without stamens; upper florets fertile, one half to equal lower floret length; first glumes present or absent, not fused with callus, not encircling spikelet base, awnless; second glumes present, one half to equal spikelet length, not saccate, 1-, 3-, 5-veined; lemma of upper florets chartaceous, smooth to scabrous, brown or yellow or purple, glabrous, margins involute or flat, awnless; palea of upper florets present. Stamens 3; anthers tan or gray. Base chromosome number x=9.

A tropical or subtropical genus of about 80 species.