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The grass genera of the world

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

Deyeuxia Clarion ex P. Beauv.

After Nicolas Deyeux (1753–1837) Professor of Pharmacy Medicine, Paris.

Bent grasses.

~ Calamagrostis. See also Agrostis, Dichelachne

Type species: Type: D. montana (Gaudin) P.Beauv., nom. illeg..

Including Sclerodeyeuxia (Stapf) Pilger

Excluding D. uncinioides = Ancistragrostis, Aniselytron, Stilpnophleum

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. Culms herbaceous; unbranched above. Culm nodes glabrous. Culm internodes hollow. Leaves mostly basal, or not basally aggregated; non-auriculate. Leaf blades apically cucullate; narrow; without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane; truncate; 0.5–2 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; open, or contracted; when contracted, spicate to more or less irregular; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 1–8 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret, or terminated by a female-fertile floret (rarely); hairy, or hairless; the rachilla extension when present, naked. Hairy callus present (the hairs sometimes 0.5 mm or more long, but shorter than the lemma), or absent.

Glumes two; very unequal, or more or less equal; about equalling the spikelets to exceeding the spikelets; long relative to the adjacent lemmas (the lemma usually at least 3/4 as long, by contrast with Calamagrostis, but only about half as long in D. drummondii); pointed, or not pointed; awnless; carinate; similar. Lower glume 1 nerved. Upper glume 1 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only.

Female-fertile florets 1(–2). Lemmas decidedly firmer than the glumes (the main, equivocal distinction from Agrostis); not becoming indurated; incised; usually minutely 2–4 lobed; not deeply cleft (toothed); nearly always awned (rarely only mucronate). Awns when present, 1; dorsal; from near the top, or from well down the back; non-geniculate, or geniculate; much shorter than the body of the lemma to about as long as the body of the lemma, or much longer than the body of the lemma; entered by one vein; deciduous, or persistent. Lemmas hairless; non-carinate; 4–5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long, or conspicuous but relatively short, or very reduced; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; not toothed. Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate. Ovary apically glabrous. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2; white.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit free from both lemma and palea; small; longitudinally grooved; with hairs confined to a terminal tuft. Hilum short. Embryo small.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Long-cells similar in shape costally and intercostally (elongated); differing markedly in wall thickness costally and intercostally (the costals thicker walled). Mid-intercostal long-cells rectangular to fusiform; having straight or only gently undulating walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata common. Subsidiaries low dome-shaped, or parallel-sided. Guard-cells overlapped by the interstomatals. Intercostal short-cells absent or very rare; not paired; not silicified. Costal short-cells conspicuously in long rows, or neither distinctly grouped into long rows nor predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated crenate/sinuous, or horizontally-elongated smooth, or rounded.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll with non-radiate chlorenchyma; without adaxial palisade. Leaf blade with distinct, prominent adaxial ribs; with the ribs more or less constant in size. Midrib not readily distinguishable; with one bundle only. Bulliforms not present in discrete, regular adaxial groups (irregularly grouped in the furrows, of small cells - cf. Ammophila). All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; nowhere forming ‘figures’. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Cytology. Chromosome base number, x = 7. 2n = 28.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Aveneae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Agrostidinae. 42 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Temperate.

Rusts and smuts. Rusts — Puccinia. Taxonomically wide-ranging species: Puccinia graminis, Puccinia hordei, and Puccinia recondita. Smuts from Ustilaginaceae. Ustilaginaceae — Ustilago.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Vickery 1940. Leaf anatomical: Metcalfe 1960; this project.

Illustrations. • D. monticola (as Agrostis): Hooker, Fl. Tasmaniae (1860). • D. contracta (as Agrostis): Hooker, Fl. Tasmaniae (1860). • D. drummondii, inaequalis, quadriseta: spikelets and lemmas, Gardner, 1952. • Inflorescence detail (D. angustifolia). • D. quadriseta, abaxial epidermis of leaf blade: this project. • D. quadriseta, abaxial epidermis of leaf blade - silica bodies: 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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