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The grass genera of the world

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

Dissochondrus (Hillebr.) Kuntze

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. Culm nodes hairy. Leaves not basally aggregated; auriculate. Leaf blades broad; pseudopetiolate; without cross venation; disarticulating from the sheaths.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; contracted; spicate. Inflorescence axes not ending in spikelets. Inflorescence espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets subtended by solitary ‘bristles’, or with ‘involucres’ of ‘bristles’ (these long, sinuous, antrorsely scabrid). The ‘bristles’ persisting on the axis. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate. Pedicel apices cupuliform.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 3 mm long; compressed dorsiventrally; falling with the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes two; very unequal; (the longer) long relative to the adjacent lemmas; hairless; scabrous; pointed; awnless; non-carinate; similar. Lower glume 5 nerved. Upper glume 7–9 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only; without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 2 (i.e. both the florets hermaphrodite). Lemmas decidedly firmer than the glumes; becoming indurated, or not becoming indurated (leathery or crustaceous); entire; pointed; awnless; hairless; non-carinate; having the margins inrolled against the palea; with a clear germination flap; 3–5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; textured like the lemma; 2-nerved; keel-less. Lodicules present; 2; free; fleshy; glabrous. Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective (but the anthers divaricate). Ovary apically glabrous. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Mid-intercostal long-cells fusiform; having markedly sinuous walls. Microhairs present (equalling the long-cells in length); panicoid-type; (60–)66–81(–87) microns long; (27–)30–44(–57) microns wide at the septum. Microhair total length/width at septum 6.1–19.3. Microhair apical cells (4.2–)5.4–6 microns long. Microhair apical cell/total length ratio 0.45–0.66. Stomata common; 21–24 microns long. Subsidiaries dome-shaped. Guard-cells overlapping to flush with the interstomatals. Intercostal short-cells common (fairly); in cork/silica-cell pairs. Costal short-cells conspicuously in long rows. Costal silica bodies ‘panicoid-type’; cross shaped, dumb-bell shaped, and nodular (mostly nodular).

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C4. The anatomical organization unconventional. Organization of PCR tissue Arundinella type. XyMS–. Mesophyll with radiate chlorenchyma (slightly); exhibiting ‘circular cells’ (solitaries, small groups and some obviously ‘reduced bundles’). Leaf blade adaxially flat. Midrib with one bundle only to having a conventional arc of bundles (a small bundle under each midrib ‘hinge’). Bulliforms present in discrete, regular adaxial groups; in simple fans. All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; forming ‘figures’. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Panicodae; Paniceae. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae; Panicodae; Paniceae; Cenchrinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Hawaii.

Shade species. On slopes.

References, etc. Leaf anatomical: this project.

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: 13th November 2017. delta-intkey.com/grass’.

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