Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.
Family: Poaceae
Eleusine coracana image
Jose Hernandez  

Plants annual. Culms to 62 cm, often branching; lower internodes 6-10 mm thick. Sheaths glabrous; ligules 1-2 mm, ciliate, with 1-2 mm hairs; blades 10-60 cm long, 6-12 mm wide, sometimes longer than the culms, adaxial surfaces scabrous or pubescent. Panicles subdigitate, with 4-20 branches, 1(2) of the branches attached below the terminal cluster; branches 4-17 cm long, 5-15 mm wide, spreading at maturity. Spikelets 5-9 mm long, 3-6 mm wide, with 2-9 florets, sometimes not disarticulating at maturity. Lower glumes 1.2-3 mm, 2- or 3-veined; upper glumes 2.2-6.5 mm; lemmas 2.2-5 mm; anthers about 1 mm. Seeds oblong-globose, granular, usually exposed at maturity. 2n = 36.

Eleusine coracana is an allotetraploid, one of its genomes being derived from E. indica. Two subspecies are recognized; only subsp. coracana is known from North America.

Eleusine coracana image
Dinesh Valke  
Eleusine coracana image
Jose Hernandez  
Eleusine coracana image
Dinesh Valke  
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image
Eleusine coracana image