GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora


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

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Maltebrunia leersioides

HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms 62–67.5 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 2–3 mm long. Leaf-blade base with a false petiole; petiole 8–12 cm long; petiole glabrous. Leaf-blades lanceolate to elliptic; 10–19 cm long; 10–35 mm wide.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; lanceolate; 15–21 cm long; 1–1.5 cm wide. Primary panicle branches ascending; 3–4 cm long.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; 1–6 mm long.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 4.5 mm long; 1–1.5 mm wide; falling entire.

GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure.

FLORETS Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret linear; 0.5 mm long; chartaceous; acuminate. Lemma of upper sterile floret linear; 1–1.5 mm long; chartaceous; acuminate. Fertile lemma ovate; lanceolate in profile; 4.5 mm long; 1–1.5 mm wide; chartaceous; 5 -veined. Lemma lateral veins ribbed. Palea oblong; 1 length of lemma; 2-keeled.

FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 6.

DISTRIBUTION Africa: western Indian ocean.

NOTES Oryzeae. HJW 2000.

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