Stephanachne

Flora of China account

Stephanachne is a genus of three species, that grow in Western China, Mongolia, and Tajikistan. Its members have deeply bilobed lemmas, the lobes being acuminate or aristiate, a line of hairs that at the top of the lemmas that runs across the base of the lobes, and a rachilla extension.

Its closest relative appears to be Trikeraia, from which it differs in having a rachilla extension. This extension also sets it apart from most other stipoids.

There are three species:

Stephanachne monandra

Stephanachne nigrescens

Stephanachne pappophorea