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

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Merostachys procerrima

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms leaning; 300–400 cm long; 15 mm diam.; woody. Culm-internodes terete; hollow; grey; antrorsely scabrous. Culm-nodes swollen. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement three, or several; flabellate. Culm-sheaths deciduous; 18 cm long; 3 times as long as wide; antrorsely scabrous. Culm-sheath blade lanceolate; deciduous; reflexed; 6–7 cm long; 7 mm wide. Leaves 3–8 per branch. Leaf-sheaths tight; without keel, or keeled. Leaf-sheath oral hairs setose; erect; 10 mm long. Leaf-sheath auricles erect; 3 mm long. Ligule a ciliolate membrane; 0.5 mm long. Collar with external ligule. Leaf-blade base asymmetrical; with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.7 cm long. Leaf-blades lanceolate, or oblong; 7–20 cm long; 22–30 mm wide; light green. Leaf-blade surface smooth; glabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.

INFLORESCENCE Flowering specimens unknown.

DISTRIBUTION South America: Brazil.

NOTES Bambuseae. Sendulsky 2002.

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