Description of the genus
Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a many-flowered, usually contracted to spike-like, panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered, laterally flattened, falling entire at maturity along with a basal stipe; floret bisexual. Glumes subequal, 1-nerved, membranous; apex entire to shortly 2-lobed, unawned or awned from the sinus. Lemma obscurely 5-nerved, hyaline, shorter than the glumes, awned or awnless. Palea 2-nerved and 2-keeled.
Worldwide: 18 species in warm and temperate regions of the world and on tropical mountains.
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Other sources of information about Polypogon:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): PolypogonFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PolypogonGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PolypogonIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PolypogonKew Herbarium catalogue
: PolypogonKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Polypogon.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=135, retrieved 19 May 2013