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

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Fargesia mairei

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms woody. Culm-internodes terete. Lateral branches dendroid. Leaf-sheaths striately veined; pilose. Leaf-sheath oral hairs scanty; dark. Ligule an eciliate membrane; pubescent on abaxial surface; obtuse. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough adaxially; hirsute; hairy abaxially.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 8 fertile spikelets; subtended by a spatheole; embraced at base by subtending leaf.

Panicle open; 6–12 cm long; bearing few spikelets.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 10–17 mm long.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 5–7 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 25–30 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes clavate; curved; 11 mm long; pilose.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 7–9 mm long; chartaceous; purple; without keels. Lower glume apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume lanceolate; 11 mm long; chartaceous; purple; without keels. Upper glume surface scabrous. Upper glume margins ciliolate. Upper glume apex obtuse.

FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate; 11 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Lemma apex attenuate. Palea keels ciliolate. Palea surface scaberulous. Palea apex entire, or dentate; 2 -fid; obtuse. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.

FLOWER Lodicules 3. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-temperate: China.

NOTES Arundinarieae. McClure 2002.

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