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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Chloridoideae
Tribus: Cynodonteae
Subtribus: Eleusininae
Genus: Leptochloa
Species: L. anisopoda – L. aquatica – L. asthenes – L. barbata – L. caudata – L. chinensis – L. chloridiformis – L. coerulescens – L. decipiens – L. digitata – L. exilis – L. ligulata – L. longa – L. malayana – L. monticola – L. mucronata – L. nealleyi – L. neesii – L. panicea – L. panicoides – L. scabra – L. simoniana – L. southwoodii – L. squarrosa – L. srilankensis – L. tectoneticola – L. virgata – L. viscida

Leptochloa P.Beauv., Ess. Agrostogr.: 71 (1812)
Type species: Leptochloa virgata (L.) P.Beauv., Ess. Agrostogr.: 71 (1812)


Rabdochloa P.Beauv., Ess. Agrostogr.: 84 (1812).
Leptostachys G.Mey., Prim. Fl. Esseq.: 73 (1818), nom. superfl.
Oxydenia Nutt., Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 1: 76 (1818).
Diachroa Nutt., Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n.s., 5: 147 (1835 publ. 1837).
Ipnum Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 36: 211 (1870).
Trichloris E.Fourn. ex Benth., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 19: 102 (1881)
Baldomiria Herter, Revista Sudamer. Bot. 6: 145 (1940).


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Leptochloa is a widespread genus of Asian, African, Australian, and American plants in the grass family.[5][6]

Members of the genus are commonly known as sprangletops.[1][7]

The generic name is derived from the Greek words ληπτος (leptos), meaning "thin," and χλοα (chloa), meaning "grass," referring to the inflorescences.[8][9]


Leptochloa aquatica Scribn. & Merr. - Mexico
Leptochloa asthenes (Roem. & Schult.) C.E.Hubb. - Australia
Leptochloa barbata (Desv.) Nicora - Paraguay, Argentina
Leptochloa caudata (K.Schum.) N.W.Snow - East Africa
Leptochloa chinensis (L.) Nees – Asian sprangletop, Chinese sprangletop - eastern + southeastern Asia, Indian Subcontinent, eastern + southern Africa
Leptochloa chloridiformis (Hack.) Parodi – Argentine sprangletop - Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay
Leptochloa coerulescens Steud. - Africa
Leptochloa decipiens (R.Br.) Stapf ex Maiden – Australian sprangletop - Australia
Leptochloa digitata (R.Br.) Domin - Australia
Leptochloa divaricatissima S.T.Blake - Australia
Leptochloa ligulata Lazarides - Queensland
Leptochloa longa Griseb. - Panama, Trinidad
Leptochloa malayana (C.E.Hubb.) Jansen ex Veldkamp - Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia
Leptochloa monticola Chase - Hispaniola
Leptochloa mucronata (Michx.) Kunth - south-central USA, Mesoamerica, Bermuda, Trinidad, Netherlands Antilles, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Galápagos
Leptochloa nealleyi Vasey - Mexico, southern USA (Arizona, Texas, Louisiana)
Leptochloa neesii (Thwaites) Benth. - Australia, Maluku, Java, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka
Leptochloa panicea (Retz.) Ohwi – mucronate sprangletop - Americas incl West Indies; tropical + subtropical Asia; naturalised in Africa, Australia etc.
Leptochloa panicoides (J.Presl) Hitchc. - central + southeastern USA, Mesoamerica, Colombia, Peru, Brazil
Leptochloa scabra Nees - from Alabama to Paraguay
Leptochloa simoniana N.Snow - New Guinea, Queensland
Leptochloa southwoodii N.Snow & B.K.Simon - Queensland
Leptochloa squarrosa Pilg. - Tanzania (incl. Pemba), Comoros, Madagascar
Leptochloa srilankensis N.Snow - Sri Lanka
Leptochloa tectoneticola (Backer) Jansen ex Veldkamp - Cambodia, Thailand, Java
Leptochloa virgata (L.) P.Beauv. – tropic sprangletop - from South Carolina to Paraguay
Leptochloa viscida (Scribn.) Beal - California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua

Formerly included[4]

see Arundinella Acrachne Bouteloua Chloris Coelachyrum Cynodon Desmostachya Dinebra Diplachne Disakisperma Eleusine Enteropogon Eragrostis Gouinia Gymnopogon Leptocarydion Myriostachya Pogonarthria Rostraria Trichoneura Trichloris Trigonochloa Tripogon

Leptochloa acuminata - Diplachne fusca subsp. fascicularis
Leptochloa albemarlensis - Trichoneura lindleyana
Leptochloa appletonii - Coelachyrum yemenicum
Leptochloa arabica - Dinebra retroflexa
Leptochloa arenaria - Trichoneura mollis
Leptochloa bipinnata - Desmostachya bipinnata
Leptochloa brandegeei - Enteropogon brandegeei
Leptochloa burchellii - Gymnopogon burchellii
Leptochloa calycina - Dinebra retroflexa
Leptochloa ciliata - Trichoneura ciliata
Leptochloa contracta - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa coromandelina - Dinebra retroflexa
Leptochloa crinita - Trichloris crinita
Leptochloa cynosuroides - Chloris filiformis
Leptochloa digitatiformis - Disakisperma dubium
Leptochloa dubia - Disakisperma dubium
Leptochloa eleusine - Disakisperma eleusine
Leptochloa falcata - Pogonarthria squarrosa
Leptochloa fascicularis - Diplachne fusca subsp. fascicularis
Leptochloa fusca - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa gigantea - Diplachne gigantea
Leptochloa ginae - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa gracilis - Trigonochloa uniflora
Leptochloa grandiglumis - Trichoneura grandiglumis
Leptochloa hirta - Bouteloua disticha
Leptochloa hookeri - Trichoneura lindleyana
Leptochloa imbricata - Diplachne fusca subsp. uninervia
Leptochloa laurentii - Trigonochloa uniflora
Leptochloa lindleyana - Trichoneura lindleyana
Leptochloa loliiformis - Tripogon loliiformis
Leptochloa longiglumis - Trichoneura mollis
Leptochloa malabarica - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa maritima - Diplachne fusca subsp. fascicularis
Leptochloa marlothii - Pogonarthria squarrosa
Leptochloa marquisensis - Dinebra marquisensis
Leptochloa mexicana - Gouinia mexicana
Leptochloa mollis - Trichoneura mollis
Leptochloa monostachya - Enteropogon monostachyos
Leptochloa muelleri - Diplachne fusca subsp. muelleri
Leptochloa neuroglossa - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa obtusiflora Hochst. - Disakisperma obtusiflorum
Leptochloa obtusiflora Steud. - Disakisperma dubium
Leptochloa palmeri - Gouinia virgata
Leptochloa panicoides Wight ex Steud. not (J.Presl) Hitchc. - Arundinella leptochloa
Leptochloa parviflora - Diplachne fusca
Leptochloa patens - Disakisperma dubium
Leptochloa pectinata - Eleusine indica
Leptochloa phleoidea - Rostraria cristata
Leptochloa plectostachya - Cynodon plectostachyus
Leptochloa plumosa - Leptocarydion vulpiastrum
Leptochloa pluriflora - Trichloris pluriflora
Leptochloa polygama - Gouinia virgata
Leptochloa polystachya - Diplachne fusca subsp. fascicularis
Leptochloa pringlei - Disakisperma dubium
Leptochloa racemosa - Acrachne racemosa
Leptochloa rigida - Eragrostis sessilispica
Leptochloa rupestris - Trigonochloa rupestris
Leptochloa schimperiana - Acrachne racemosa
Leptochloa setacea - Tripogon leptophyllus
Leptochloa spicata - Tripogon spicatus
Leptochloa tracyi - Diplachne fusca subsp. fascicularis
Leptochloa uniflora - Trigonochloa uniflora
Leptochloa uninervia - Diplachne fusca subsp. uninervia
Leptochloa verticillata - Acrachne racemosa
Leptochloa virletii - Diplachne fusca subsp. uninervia
Leptochloa wightiana - Myriostachya wightiana
Leptochloa xerophila - Dinebra xerophila
Leptochloa yemensis - Disakisperma obtusiflorum


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