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

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Pseudobambusa kurzii

HABIT Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms erect; 600–1000 cm long; 80–100 mm diam.; woody; without nodal roots. Culm-internodes terete; hollow; 45–60 cm long. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement one, or two, or three, or several. Leaves cauline. Leaf-sheaths striately veined; hispid; outer margin hairy. Leaf-sheath oral hairs setose. Leaf-sheath auricles falcate. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Collar with external ligule. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.2 cm long. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 10–18 cm long; 12–23 mm wide. Leaf-blade midrib conspicuous. Leaf-blade venation with 10–12 secondary veins. Leaf-blade surface smooth; glabrous. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate; antrorsely scabrous.

INFLORESCENCE Synflorescence bractiferous; clustered at the nodes; in untidy tufts; with glumaceous subtending bracts; with axillary buds at base of spikelet; prophyllate below lateral spikelets.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2–3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 12–15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite.

GLUMES Glumes several; 1–2 empty glumes; persistent; shorter than spikelet. Upper glume ovate. Upper glume apex acute; mucronate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; 10 mm long; without keel. Lemma surface scabrous; rough above. Lemma apex acute; mucronate. Palea 12 mm long; 5 -veined. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.

FLOWER Lodicules absent, or 3; membranous; veined; ciliate. Anthers 6; 5–7.5 mm long; purple; anther tip apiculate. Stigmas 3; sparsely hairy. Ovary pubescent all over.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong; 7 mm long.

DISTRIBUTION Asia-tropical: Indo-China.

NOTES Bambuseae. Gamble 1995.

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