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Hemarthria altissima occurs naturally mainly from the Mediterranean region through Africa, but there are scattered records from Asia and it is now widely naturalized in warm parts of America.
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Perennial, or sometimes annual. Culms loosely tufted to decumbent or stoloniferous, rooting at lower nodes, ascending up to 1.6 m tall, nodes glabrous. Leaf sheaths loose, compressed, keeled, usually shorter than internodes, glabrous except near mouth; leaf blades linear, 5–25 × 0.3–0.6 cm, acute; ligule ca. 0.3 mm. Racemes solitary or several per node, 5–10 cm, semicylindrical, articulation line oblique, tardily disarticulating. Sessile spikelet longer than adjacent internode, 5–7 mm; callus triangular, 0.8–2 mm; lower glume elliptic-oblong, leathery, flat on back, often with subapical constriction, apex obtuse to emarginate; upper glume papery, adnate to rachis, 4–7 mm, apex obtuse to acute; lower floret 3.5–5.2 mm; upper floret 3.2–4.6 mm. Pedicelled spikeletnarrowly lanceolate, lower glume acute, upper glume acuminate. 2n = 20, 36.
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Perennials, Terrestrial, not aquatic, Rhizomes present, Rhizome short and compact, stems close, Stolons or runners present, Stems nodes swollen or brittle, Stems erect or ascending, Stems geniculate, decumbent, or lax, sometimes rooting at nodes, Stems terete, round in cross section, or polygonal, Stems compressed, flattened, or sulcate, Stems branching above base or distally at nodes, Stem internodes hollow, Stems with inflorescence less than 1 m tall, Stems with inflorescence 1-2 m tall, Stems with inflorescence 2-6 m tall, Stems, culms, or scapes exceeding basal leaves, Leaves mostly basal, below middle of stem, Leaves mostly cauline, Leaves conspicuously 2-ranked, distichous, Leaves sheathing at base, Leaf sheath mostly open, or loose, Leaf sheath smooth, glabrous, Leaf sheath and blad e differentiated, Leaf blades linear, Leaf blades 2-10 mm wide, Leaf blades mostly flat, Leaf blades mostly glabrous, Ligule present, Ligule a fringed, ciliate, or lobed membrane, Inflorescence terminal, Inflorescence solitary, with 1 spike, fascicle, glomerule, head, or cluster per stem or culm, Inflorescence a panicle with narrowly racemose or spicate branches, Inflorescence with 2-10 branches, Flowers bisexual, Spikelets pedicellate, Spikelets sessile or subsessile, Spikelets dorsally compressed or terete, Spikelet less than 3 mm wide, Spikelets with 2 florets, Spikelets paired at rachis nodes, Spikelets in paired units, 1 sessile, 1 pedicellate, Pedicellate spikelet well developed, staminate, Spikelets bisexual, Spikelets disarticulating below the glumes, Spikelets closely appressed or embedded in concave portions of axis, Rachilla or pedicel glabrous, Glumes present, empty bracts, Glumes 2 clearly present, Glumes equal or subequal, Glumes equal to or longer than adjacen t lemma, Glumes 3 nerved, Lemmas thin, chartaceous, hyaline, cartilaginous, or membranous, Lemma glabrous, Lemma apex truncate, rounded, or obtuse, Lemma awnless, Lemma margins thin, lying flat, Lemma straight, Palea present, well developed, Palea membranous, hyaline, Palea shorter than lemma, Palea about equal to lemma, Stamens 3, Styles 2-fid, deeply 2-branched, Stigmas 2, Fruit - caryopsis.