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The grass genera of the world

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

Chumsriella Bor

Named for Chumsri Chaianan, Thai agrostologist.

~ Germainia

Habit, vegetative morphology. Annual. Culms 10 cm high; herbaceous. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate. Leaf blades narrow; 2–3 mm wide (1–2 cm long); flat (hairy); without cross venation; persistent. Ligule present; a fringe of hairs.

Reproductive organization. Plants monoecious with all the fertile spikelets unisexual; without hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets of sexually distinct forms on the same plant; female-only and male-only; overtly heteromorphic (the pedicellate, female spikelets hairy and long-awned, the sessile males hairless and awnless); all in heterogamous combinations.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence terminal, consisting of a pair of short ‘racemes’ on a long peduncle. Primary inflorescence branches 2. Inflorescence spatheate (subtended by a spathiform sheath with reduced lamina). Spikelet-bearing axes ‘racemes’ (3–4 noded only); the spikelet-bearing axes with 2–3 spikelet-bearing ‘articles’, or with 4–5 spikelet-bearing ‘articles’; paired (the pair fused by the lowest two joints); with substantial rachides (in proportion to their size); persistent. Spikelets paired (including the pair terminating the ‘raceme’); sessile and pedicellate; consistently in ‘long-and-short’ combinations; in pedicellate/sessile combinations. Pedicels of the ‘pedicellate’ spikelets free of the rachis. The ‘shorter’ spikelets male-only. The ‘longer’ spikelets female-only.

Female-sterile spikelets. The sessile male spikelets 3–4 mm long, with 1–2 awnless florets, the lower sterile, the upper with three stamens. Rachilla of male spikelets terminated by a male floret. The male spikelets with glumes; with proximal incomplete florets; usually 2 floreted. The lemmas awnless. Male florets 1; 3 staminate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 2.5 mm long; falling with the glumes (deciduous from the cupular pedicel-tip). Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret.

Glumes two; more or less equal; long relative to the adjacent lemmas (exceeding them); hairy (densely brown-pilose); lanceolate, attenuate to more or less bifid apices; awnless; non-carinate; similar (but G2 narrower, less densely hairy). Lower glume not two-keeled; not pitted. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only (i.e., lacking the sterile andropogonoid L1); without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas lanceolate, produced into the awn; less firm than the glumes (hyaline below, papery beneath the awn); not becoming indurated; entire; awned. Awns 1; median; apical; geniculate (bigeniculate); hairy; much longer than the body of the lemma (30 mm or more long); entered by one vein. Lemmas non-carinate; without a germination flap; 1 nerved. Palea present; conspicuous but relatively short (about 1 mm long - i.e., half lemma length); entire (oblong-acute); awnless, without apical setae; not indurated; keel-less. Stamens 0. Ovary apically glabrous. Styles fused (briefly). Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small. Hilum short. Embryo large (3/4 as long as the grain).

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Andropogoninae. Soreng et al. (2015): cf. Panicoideae (as a synonym?); Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Germainiinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Thailand.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Bor 1968b; Chaianan 1972.

Special comments. Anatomical data wanting.


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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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