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W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson
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HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms arching, or leaning; slender; 152–260 cm long; woody. Culm-internodes terete. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement two, or three; with subequal branches. Culm-sheaths deciduous. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate.
INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes, or comprising only a few spikelets.
Racemes single; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 2–4 fertile spikelets on each.
FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblanceolate; laterally compressed; 12.45–18 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret.
GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 5 -veined. Lower glume surface without pits. Lower glume apex setaceously attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex setaceously attenuate.
FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; chartaceous; without keel; wingless; 9 -veined. Lemma surface unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma apex setaceously attenuate. Palea chartaceous; 4 -veined. Palea apex dentate. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; linear.
FLOWER Ovary glabrous.
DISTRIBUTION Tropical Asia.
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