Description of the genus
Slender, often trailing, annuals or perennials. Leaf laminae broad (in ours) slightly cordate and semi-amplexicaul at base. Racemes arranged in subdigitate groups; rhachis internodes and pedicels delicate, filiform. Sessile spikelet laterally flattened; silvery-white appressed hairs present at the base; callus short, truncate; lower glume rounded on back with or without 2 lateral keels; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret fertile; fertile (upper) lemma 2-fid almost to the base, with a glabrous awn arising from low down on the back of the lemma. Pedicellate spikelet either 0 or much reduced.
Worldwide: c. 10 species in the Old World tropics, mainly India.
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Other sources of information about Arthraxon:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): ArthraxonFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ArthraxonGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ArthraxonIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ArthraxonKew Herbarium catalogue
: ArthraxonKew 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: Arthraxon.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=244, retrieved 24 May 2013