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The grass genera of the world

L. Watson, T.D. Macfarlane, and M.J. Dallwitz

Aphanelytrum Hackel

~ Poa

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; stoloniferous and decumbent. Culms herbaceous; scrambling (over rocks and other vegetation). Leaves non-auriculate. Sheath margins joined. Leaf blades narrow; flat; without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane; not truncate; 1 mm long.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence few spikeleted; paniculate; open; with capillary branchlets. Inflorescence with axes ending in spikelets. Inflorescence espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets unconventional (peculiar, with very long rachilla internodes and tiny glumes); 4.5–7.5 mm long; not noticeably compressed; disarticulating above the glumes; with a distinctly elongated rachilla internode above the glumes and with distinctly elongated rachilla internodes between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; hairless (scabrid); the rachilla extension naked. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes two; minute; very unequal; shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; hairless; awnless; similar. Lower glume 0 nerved. Upper glume 0 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only.

Female-fertile florets 2–3. Lemmas lanceolate, broadly acuminate; not becoming indurated (membranous); incised; shortly 2 lobed; not deeply cleft; awned. Awns 1; median; from a sinus; non-geniculate; hairless; much shorter than the body of the lemma. Lemmas hairless; carinate; without a germination flap; 5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; gaping; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; not indurated; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Palea keels wingless. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; not toothed; not or scarcely vascularized. Stamens 3. Anthers 3.5–3.8 mm long; not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary apically glabrous. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit free from both lemma and palea; small, or medium sized (3.5–4); compressed laterally. Hilum short. Embryo small. Endosperm hard. Embryo with an epiblast; without a scutellar tail; with a negligible mesocotyl internode. Embryonic leaf margins meeting.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Long-cells markedly different in shape costally and intercostally (costals rectangular); differing markedly in wall thickness costally and intercostally (costals thicker- walled). Mid-intercostal long-cells exaggeratedly fusiform; having straight or only gently undulating walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata absent or very rare. Intercostal short-cells absent or very rare. Costal short-cells neither distinctly grouped into long rows nor predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated smooth (sometimes slightly sinuous).

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll with non-radiate chlorenchyma; without adaxial palisade. Midrib with one bundle only. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Western tropical South America.

Mesophytic; shade species; glycophytic. In humid montane forest.

References, etc. Leaf anatomical: this project.

Illustrations. • A. procumbens: Nicora & Rúgolo de Agrasar (1987). • A. procumbens, abaxial epidermis of leaf blade: this project


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., Macfarlane, T.D., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references. Version: 13th November 2017. delta-intkey.com/grass’.

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