Description of the genus
Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a delicate panicle with elongated central axis and capillary branches bearing short racemes; racemes of 1-5(-8) sessile spikelets, without homogamous pairs; internodes (of racemes) and pedicels with a translucent, hyaline central line. Sessile spikelets with obtuse callus; lower glume cartilaginous, without pits; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma entire with a glabrous or puberulent awn. Pedicellate spikelets usually well developed.
Worldwide: 14 species from eastern Africa, tropical Asia to Australia and New Caledonia
Other sources of information about Capillipedium:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): CapillipediumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CapillipediumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CapillipediumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CapillipediumKew Herbarium catalogue
: CapillipediumKew 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: Capillipedium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=234, retrieved 21 May 2013