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Schismus barbatus

SCHISMUS P. Beauv.
Plants hermaphroditic, caespitose, annual or perennial. Culms ascending or mat forming, glabrous; internodes hollow or solid, terete. Leaves mostly basal, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete, margins open; auricles absent; ligules a line of hairs; blades flat or involute, linear, lax. Panicles narrow or contracted, primary branches ascending (secondary branches ascending). Spikelets solitary, laterally compressed, disarticulation above glumes, awnless, pedicellate; florets 5-9, reduced floret at apex, callus hairy, rachilla not extended beyond upper floret; glumes 2, first 5-7-veined, second 3-7-veined, nearly equal, longer than first floret, glabrous, awnless; lemmas 7-9-veined, membranous, hairy, apex bifid to emarginate, awnless to mucronate; awn from between lobes of apex, awn straight; paleas 2-veined, awnless, glabrous. Stamens 3; anthers pale yellow. Caryopses dorsiventrally compressed. Base chromosome number x=6. A genus of about five species.