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Paspalidium Stapf in Prain, Fl. Trop. Afr. 9:582. 1920. Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 140. 1935; Bor, FL Assam 5:257. 1940; Sultan; & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:39. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 332. 1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:475. 1970.

Annuals or perennials, often aquatic. Leaf-blades linear; ligule a ciliate rim Inflorescence composed of several to many short straight racemes spaced along a common axis and ± appressed to shallow hollows in it; rhachis triquetrous or winged, usually ending in a point, bearing single imbricate spikelets, their lower glume abaxial. Spikelets ovate, dorsally compressed, glabrous; lower glume much shorter than the spikelet; upper glume mostly almost as long as the spikelet; lower floret male or barren, its lemma resembling the upper glume; upper lemma crustaceous, acute, clasping only the edges of the palea; upper palea acute, the tip briefly reflexed. Caryopsis elliptic, dorsally compressed.

A genus of about 27 species in the tropics, 19 of them confined to Australia; 3 species occur in Pakistan.

1 Lower floret sterile, without a palea; upper lemma rugulose   Paspalidium punctatum
+ Lower floret male, with a palea; upper lemma granulose   (2)
2 (1) Leaves setaceously acuminate; spikes usually less than their own length apart; spikelets plano-convex   Paspalidium geminatum
+ Leaves blunt; spikes usually distant by 2-4 times their own length; spikelets gibbously globose   Paspalidium flavidum

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