Acrachne racemosa

(B. Heyne ex Roem. & Schult.)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 25. Treatment on page 112.

Culms 17-50 cm. Blades 7-20 cm long, 5-11.5 mm wide, bases rounded, setaceous apically. Influorescence branches 1.5-10 cm, in whorls of 2-5, either subdigitate or on rachises up to 15 cm long. Spikelets 5.5-13 mm, oblong, serrate in outline, with 6-25 florets. Lower glumes 1.2-2.9 mm, linear-oblong, acute, mucronate; upper glumes 1.5-3 mm, lanceolate, acuminate, awn-tipped; lemmas 2-2.8 mm, narrowly ovate, keels scabrous, shallowly concave distally, midveins excurrent, forming stout, 0.3-0.9 mm awns; lateral veins also slightly excurrent. Fruits ellipsoid; seeds blackish, rugose, finely granular. 2n = 36.


Acrachne racemose grows in areas of seasonal rainfall in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia. It has been found in Riverside County, California and may become established there.

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Lower Taxa