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Saciolepis striata

SACCIOLEPIS Nash Cupscale
Plants stoloniferous, perennial. Culms ascending or decumbent or rarely erect, glabrous; internodes hollow, terete. Leaves not differentiated into two kinds (basal rosette absent), cauline, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete; ligules a membrane or ciliate membtane; blades flat (thin). Panicles narrow or contracted, primary branches ascending or appressed, terminating in a spikelet; bristles absent below spikelets. Spikelets solitary, not embedded in branch, adaxial, dorsiventrally compressed; disarticulation below the spikelets; florets 2; lower florets sterile, staminate or without stamens; upper florets fertile one half to near lower floret length; first glumes present, less than one half spikelet length, not fused with callus, not encircling spikelet base, awnless; second glumes present, nearly spikelet length, saccate, 7- or 9-veined; lemma of upper florets cartilaginous or indurate, scabrous, white, glabrous, margins flat, not differentiated at apex, awnless; palea of upper florets present. Stamens 3; anthers yellow with purplish tinge. Base chromosome number x=9.

A genus of about 30 species worldwide. Our two species are weedy and introduced.