1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Relchela Steud.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Chile to S. Argentina.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Stolons present. Culms erect, or decumbent; 20-100 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted. Primary panicle branches whorled at most nodes. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension, or with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 4-7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes suppressed between florets, or definite; pubescent. Floret callus evident; pubescent; truncate.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension, or with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 4-7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes suppressed between florets, or definite; pubescent. Floret callus evident; pubescent; truncate.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; reaching apex of florets, or exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface asperulous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 1-1.3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface asperulous. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; indurate; without keel; 5-7 -veined. Lemma lateral veins obscure. Lemma surface scaberulous. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3. Ovary pubescent on apex.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ovoid; trigonous. Hilum linear; 0.33 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    South America.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Argentina South, Chile Central, Chile South

    Relchela Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 101 (1854)

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0