Cladoraphis

Franch.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 25. Treatment on page 105.

Plants perennial; synoecious; rhizomatous, occasionally also stoloniferous. Culms 2-80 cm, hard, persistent, branched above the base. Ligules membranous, ciliate, cilia as long as or longer than the basal membrane; blades linear-lanceolate, becoming rolled, hard, and sharp-pointed. Inflorescences terminal, exceeding the upper leaves, panicles of racemosely arranged spikelike primary branches; primary branches woody, not disarticulating, apices hard, sharp; secondary branches shorter than 1 cm, otherwise similar to the primary branches, sometimes clustered. Spikelets 7-16 mm, laterally compressed, with 3-16 (20) florets; florets bisexual; disarticulation above the glumes and beneath the florets. Glumes more or less equal, markedly exceeded by the florets; lemmas 3-veined, unawned; lodicules 2; anthers 3. Caryopses glabrous, x = unknown.

Discussion

Cladoraphis is a southern African genus of two species, both of which grow in open, xeric, sandy habitats.

Selected References

None.

"decumbent" is not a number.

... more about "Cladoraphis"
Mary E. Barkworth +
Franch. +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
multiple +, , +  and single +
keeled +  and rounded +
pseudopetiolate +  and branching +
not fused +
intravaginal +, extravaginal +, branching +  and basal +
swelling +
membranous +
not pseudopetiolate +
pubescent +  and glabrous +
sharp-pointed +, rolled +  and linear-lanceolate +
spikelike +
triangular +  and dome--shaped +
membranous +
persistent +
ascending +  and erect +
2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br /> (80 cm800 mm <br />0.8 m <br />) +
not waisted +
capillary +
pistillate +  and staminate +
sometimes longer +
3 +  and 16 +
round +  and compressed +
reduced +
shorter or longer +
subtending +
uncinate +
paniculate +  and racemose +
hollow +  and solid +
not absent +
sometimes longer +
membranous +
inconspicuous +
concealed +  and prominent +
2 +  and 1 +
dry +  and fleshy +
not disarticulating +
spikelike +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (?) +
1 +  and 60 +
compressed +
0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br /> (1.6 cm16 mm <br />0.016 m <br />) +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
compound +  and simple +
2 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
Gramineae +
Cladoraphis +
Poaceae tribe Cynodonteae +
membranous +
7 +  and 13 +
stoloniferous +  and rhizomatous +
aquatic +  and terrestrial +
12 +, 10 +, 9 +, 8 +  and 7 +