Creeping signalgrass Brachiaria plantaginea, copyright Forest & Kim Starr.

Belongs within: Paniceae.

Brachiaria, signalgrasses, is a genus of grasses growing to about a metre in height found in warmer parts of the world.

Characters (from Flora of China): Annual or perennial. Leaf blades linear to lanceolate, often with cartilaginous margins. Inflorescence composed of racemes along a central axis; raceme rachis triquetrous or flattened, sometimes winged; spikelets sessile or pedicelled, single or paired, rarely in fascicles or on secondary racemelets. Spikelets plump, usually elliptic, florets 2; lower glume adaxial, varying in length from very small and veinless to many-veined and subequaling spikelet, base sheathing, sometimes extended downward as a short stipe; upper glume and lower lemma similar, as long as spikelet, membranous or cartilaginous; upper lemma coriaceous, smooth, striate or rugose, margins inrolled, apex obtuse to acute, occasionally minutely mucronate; upper palea apex tucked within lemma. x = 7, 9.

|--B. brizanthaG52
|--B. distachyaBB01
|--B. eruciformisS03
|--B. holosericea (Br.) Hughes 1923 [=Panicum holosericeum]G52
|--B. lataPP07
| |--B. l. var. lataPP07
| `--B. l. var. pubescensPP07
|--B. miliiformis (Presl.) Chase 1920G52 [=Panicum miliiformisG52; incl. P. distachyumG52, P. subquadriparumB78]
|--B. muticaB10
|--B. occidentalis Gardn. & Hubb. 1938G52
| |--B. o. var. occidentalisG52
| `--B. o. var. ciliataG52
|--B. paspaloidesSR07
|--B. piligera (Muell.) Hughes 1923G52
| |--B. p. var. piligeraG52
| `--B. p. var. intercedens Hughes 1923 [=Panicum intercedens]G52
|--B. plantagineaSMSP06
|--B. ramosa (L.) Stapf 1919G52
| |--B. r. var. ramosaG52
| `--B. r. var. grandiflora Hughes 1923G52 (see below for synonymy)
|--B. remotaS03
|--B. reptans (L.) Gardn. & Hubb. 1938 (see below for synonymy)G52
|--B. semiundulataS03
|--B. setigeraS03
|--B. shoenfelderiCV06
|--B. semiverticillataS03
|--B. subquadriparaBMM99
`--B. xantholeucaBMM99

Brachiaria ramosa var. grandiflora Hughes 1923G52 [incl. Panicum helopus var. glabriorG52 B. ramosa var. pubescens non B. lata var. pubescensPP07, P. pubescensG52]

Brachiaria reptans (L.) Gardn. & Hubb. 1938 [=Panicum reptans, Urochloa reptans; incl. Brachiaria prostrata, Panicum prostratum]G52

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[BMM99] Braun, U., J. Mouchacca & E. H. C. McKenzie. 1999. Cercosporoid hyphomycetes from New Caledonia and some other South Pacific islands. New Zealand Journal of Botany 37: 297–327.

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[G52] Gardner, C. A. 1952. Flora of Western Australia vol. 1 pt 1. Gramineae. William H. Wyatt: Perth.

[PP07] Pandey, R. P., & P. M. Padhye. 2007. Studies on phytodiversity of Arid Machia Safari Park-Kailana in Jodhpur (Rajasthan). Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 49: 15–78.

[SR07] Sankar, R. V., K. Ravikumar, N. M. Ganesh Babu & D. K. Ved. 2007. Botany of Anapady MPCA, Palghat district, Kerala with special emphasis on species of conservation concern. Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 49: 165–172.

[SMSP06] Scherer, A. L., J. de F. Martins Scherer & M. V. Petry. 2006. Reprodução e análise da composição de ninhos de Zenaida auriculata (Des Murs, 1847) (Aves: Columbiformes, Columbidae) em uma unidade petroquímica no Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Comunicações do Museo de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS, Serie Zoologia 19 (1): 29–38.

[S03] Singh, J. N. 2003. Grasses and their hydro-edaphic characteristics in the grassland habitat of Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu. Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 45: 143–164.

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