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

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Melocalamus elevatissimus

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms scandent; 2000 cm long; 15–30 mm diam.; woody. Culm-internodes terete; with small lumen; 40–120 cm long; distally pubescent. Culm-nodes flush with internodes. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement several. Culm-sheaths tardily deciduous; 24–38 cm long; 3 times as long as wide; coriaceous; hispid; with tawny hairs; without auricles. Culm-sheath ligule 1 mm high; ciliolate. Culm-sheath blade lanceolate; erect; 8–30 cm long; 6–15 mm wide; pubescent. Leaves 4–8 per branch. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface; outer margin hairy. Leaf-sheath auricles absent. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1 mm long; truncate. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.6–1 cm long. Leaf-blades oblong; 20–40 cm long; 30–90 mm wide; chartaceous. Leaf-blade venation with 16–24 secondary veins; with obscure cross veins. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.

INFLORESCENCE Flowering specimens unknown.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-temperate: China.

NOTES Bambuseae. Hsueh & Yi 2002.

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