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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Diplachne P.Beauv.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.


    Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips And S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

    Aquatic or semi-aquatic rhizomatous perennials
    Leaf-blades linear, often inrolled; ligule membranous
    Inflorescence open, composed of several to numerous racemes scattered along a central axis; racemes slender, straight or flexuous, secund
    Spikelets several-flowered, narrow, acuminate, often rounded, biseriate, subsessile or shortly pedicelled, disarticulating between the florets; glumes 1-nerved, persistent, membranous, unequal, shorter than the lemmas; lemmas 3-nerved, rounded or flattened on the back, hairy or rarely ± glabrous on the lower part of the nerves, usually 2-toothed, mucronate or shortly awned; palea scabrid on the keels and appressed sericeous on the inturned margins
    Caryopsis elliptic-oblong, plump or dorso-ventrally flattened.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alabama, Algeria, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burundi, California, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Cayman Is., Chad, Chile North, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Florida, Free State, Gambia, Gulf States, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, Kuwait, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Maine, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Manchuria, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nebraska, Netherlands Antilles, Nevada, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Utah, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Windward Is., Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Belgium, British Columbia, Chagos Archipelago, Czechoslovakia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Korea, Libya, New Zealand North, Spain, Sweden, Tasmania, Uruguay

    Accepted Species

    Other Data

    Diplachne P.Beauv. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Ess. Agrostogr.: 80 (1812)

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Leptochloa.]


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Ess. Agrost. 80 (1812).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Ess. Agrost.: 80, t. 16/9 (1812)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.