Description of the genus
Perennial (ours) with a membranous ligule. Inflorescence terminal, composed of 1-many subdigitate racemes. Racemes cylindric or slightly flattened, obliquely jointed, very fragile; internodes clavate, with a crater-like apex.
Sessile spikelet: callus oblique, inserted into the apex of the internode;
lower glume broadly convex; margin sharply inflexed and becoming keeled towards the apex; often muricate on the sides; upper glume awnless; lower floret male with a palea; upper lemma entire and awnless. Pedicellate spikelet about as along as the sessile spikelet, long-awned (1-12 cm) from the lower glume.
Worldwide: 7 species in tropical Africa
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Other sources of information about Urelytrum:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): UrelytrumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: UrelytrumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for UrelytrumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): UrelytrumKew Herbarium catalogue
: UrelytrumKew 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: Urelytrum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=252, retrieved 23 May 2013