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

Cockaynea Zotov

~ Elymus (Section Stenostachys)

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; stoloniferous. Culms herbaceous. Culm nodes glabrous. Culm internodes hollow. Young shoots extravaginal. Leaves mostly basal; shortly auriculate, or non-auriculate (C. laevis). Leaf blades narrow; without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane; truncate; 0.5 mm long.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets all alike in sexuality. Plants inbreeding; exposed-cleistogamous, or chasmogamous.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence many spikeleted; a single spike (drooping or nodding). Rachides hollowed. Inflorescence espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets solitary; not secund; sessile; imbricate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 9–11 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes present, or absent; when present, two (then reduced or awn-shaped); minute to relatively large (reduced to small stumps, or aristate and exceeding the rachis internodes); shorter than the adjacent lemmas; free; lateral to the rachis, or displaced (but the spikelets edgewise to the rachis); when present, subulate, or not subulate (then reduced); awned (awn-like). Lower glume 0 nerved, or 1 nerved. Upper glume 0 nerved, or 1 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets.

Female-fertile florets 1–2. Lemmas decidedly firmer than the glumes; awnless, or mucronate, or awned. Awns when present, 1; apical; non-geniculate; entered by one vein. Lemmas hairless; carinate to non-carinate; 9 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; ciliate; toothed, or not toothed. Stamens 3. Anthers 5–10 mm long (? - ‘long’); not penicillate. Ovary apically hairy. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit adhering to lemma and/or palea (to the palea); longitudinally grooved. Hilum long-linear (nearly as long as the caryopsis). Embryo small.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Long-cells similar in shape costally and intercostally (long rectangles); of similar wall thickness costally and intercostally (fairly thick walled). Mid-intercostal long-cells rectangular and fusiform; having straight or only gently undulating walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata absent or very rare; 42–46.5 microns long. Subsidiaries dome-shaped. Guard-cells overlapped by the interstomatals. Intercostal short-cells absent or very rare; silicified. Costal short-cells neither distinctly grouped into long rows nor predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated crenate/sinuous (and some rather square and crenate).

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll with non-radiate chlorenchyma. Leaf blade with distinct, prominent adaxial ribs; with the ribs more or less constant in size. Midrib conspicuous; with one bundle only. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; forming ‘figures’.

Cytology. Chromosome base number, x = 7. 2n = 28. 4 ploid. Haplomic genome content H and S.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Triticodae; Triticeae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Triticodae; Triticeae; Hordeinae. 2 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. New Zealand.


References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Löve and Connor 1982; Löve 1984. Leaf anatomical: studied by us - C. gracilis (Hook. f.) Zotov.

Special comments. Fruit 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: 11th December 2017.’.