Description of the genus
Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of digitate or subdigitate racemes borne on a short axis; racemes with 2-seriate spikelets, terminating in a fertile spikelet. Spikelets several-flowered, laterally flattened, disarticulating above the glumes and between the florets (not the latter in E. coracana). Glumes 1-several-nerved, shorter than the lemmas, awnless. Lemmas 3-nerved, strongly keeled, sometimes the keels thickened and containing 1-3 closely spaced extra nerves, glabrous, obtuse to acute.
Worldwide: 10 species mostly in east and northeast Africa; 1 a cosmopolitan weed (indica) and 1 confined to S America
Other sources of information about Eleusine:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Eleusine pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): EleusineFlora Zambesiaca
web site: EleusineGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for EleusineIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): EleusineKew Herbarium catalogue
: EleusineKew 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: Eleusine.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=168, retrieved 19 May 2013