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The grass genera of the world

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

Cyathopus Stapf

Referring to cupular pedicel tips.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial. Culms 90–140 cm high; herbaceous. Leaves non-auriculate. Leaf blades narrow; flat; not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation. Ligule an unfringed membrane; not truncate.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate (many spikeleted); open (large); with capillary branchlets; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets solitary; pedicellate. Pedicel apices minutely cupuliform.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets about 3 mm long; compressed laterally to not noticeably compressed; falling with the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret.

Glumes present; two; more or less equal; long relative to the adjacent lemmas (slightly exceeding them); hairy; without conspicuous tufts or rows of hairs; pointed; awnless (but caudate); non-carinate (dorsally rounded); similar (chartaceous, each with a small apical beak). Lower glume strongly 3 nerved. Upper glume strongly 3 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only; without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas ovate; less firm than the glumes (scarious); not becoming indurated; entire; pointed to blunt; awnless (muticous); hairless; carinate (weakly), or non-carinate (dorsally rounded); 5 nerved (the nerves obscure towards the apex). Palea present; relatively long; entire (pointed); awnless, without apical setae; not indurated (hyaline); 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Palea keels wingless. Lodicules present; 2; free; apparently not cuneate; glabrous; not toothed. Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary apically glabrous. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small (about 2 mm long). Hilum short. Embryo large.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae (? - not reliably classifiable without better data); Poodae (?); Aveneae (?). Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Poinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Eastern Himalayas.

Mesophytic; shade species; glycophytic. In woods.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Stapf 1895.

Special comments. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • C. sikkaminensis: Hook. Ic. Pl. (1895)


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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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