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Capillipedium Stapf in Prain, Fl. Trop. Afr. 9:169. 1917. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 80. 1935; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:90. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 110. 1960; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70:535. 1970.

Annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat, sometimes aromatic; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a delicate panicle with elongated central axis and capillary branches bearing short racemes; racemes with 1-5(-8) sessile spikelets, without homogamous pairs at the base: internodes and pedicels linear, with a hyaline median line. Sessile spikelet dorsally compressed; callus very short, rounded; lower glume broadly convex to slightly concave on the back, abruptly rounded on the flanks, without pits; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma entire, with a glabrous or puberulous awn. Caryopsis oblong, slightly dorsally compressed. Pedicelled spikelet usually well developed.

A genus of about 14 species in eastern Africa, tropical Asia and Australia; 2 species occur in Pakistan.

1 Stems simple or sparingly branched; spikelets usually in triads, but occasionally with 2-4 (-6) sessile spikelets; sessile spikelet 2.4-3.3 mm long; pedicelled spikelet 2.2-3.5 mm long   Capillipedium parviflorum
+ Suffruticose; spikelets usually in short racemes with 2-6 sessile spikelets, rarely in triads; sessile spikelet 1.8-2.5(-3) mm long; pedicelled spikelet 3-4.5 mm long   Capillipedium assimile

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