GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora


W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson

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Chikusichloa brachyathera

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect; 40–70 cm long; 2–3 mm diam. Leaves cauline. Ligule a ciliolate membrane; 1–2 mm long; truncate. Leaf-blades 20–35 cm long; 7–10 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; oblong; 12–30 cm long; 2.5–4 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 1–4 -nate.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; compressed slightly; 5–7 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus linear; 2–3.5 mm long.

GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure.

FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic, or ovate; 3.2–3.7 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5–7 -veined. Lemma lateral veins ribbed. Lemma surface hispidulous; hairy on veins. Lemma apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 1.5–1.8 mm long overall. Palea 0.8 length of lemma; 3 -veined; without keels. Palea surface scaberulous (on veins).

FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 1.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid, or oblong; 1.7 mm long.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-temperate: eastern Asia.

NOTES Oryzeae. Koyama.

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