GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora


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

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HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms erect; 140–300 cm long; spongy. Culm-internodes terete. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a false petiole. Leaf-blades lanceolate. Leaf-blade venation slanting obliquely from midrib; with distinct cross veins.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Primary panicle branches whorled at lower nodes.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 3.5–4.3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Spikelet callus attached transversely.

GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure.

FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; membranous; wingless; 5 -veined. Lemma lateral veins prominent; ribbed. Lemma surface scabrous; unwrinkled; without grooves. Lemma apex acute. Palea 5 -veined.

FLOWER Anthers 4.


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