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The grass genera of the world

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

Drepanostachyum Keng f.

~ Sinarundinaria

Type species: D. falcatum Keng f.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial. Culms erect, 140–540 cm high; woody and persistent (without nodal roots); cylindrical (with swollen nodes); branched above. Primary branches 3–20 (to many); thinner than the stem, subequal, horizontally aligned, or in an irregular line, or clumped. The branching dendroid. Culm leaves present, or absent (sometimes leafless when inflorescence-bearing). Culm leaf sheaths present; deciduous to persistent; leaving a persisten girdle, or not leaving a persistent girdle; not conspicuously auriculate. Culm leaves with conspicuous blades. Culm leaf blades linear, or linear to lanceolate. Rhizomes pachymorph. Leaves auriculate (falcate), or non-auriculate; without auricular setae. Leaf blades herbaceous or chartaceous, linear, or linear-lanceolate, or lanceolate, or elliptic; pseudopetiolate; more or less obscurely cross veined to without cross venation; disarticulating from the sheaths, or persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane to a fringed membrane.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate; without pseudospikelets; terminal, or terminal and axillary, of spicate main branches, or paniculate; open, or contracted; subtended by a bract or an unspecialized sheath; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelets solitary; not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 8–25 mm long; linear, or oblong, or lanceolate, or ovate; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets; with distinctly elongated rachilla internodes between the florets (internodes "definite"). Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; hairy to hairless; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets (usually), or naked.

Glumes two; very unequal; shorter than the spikelets to about equalling the spikelets (somewhat shorter); shorter than the adjacent lemmas; hairless; glabrous, or scabrous; pointed to not pointed (obtuse, acute or acuminate); muticous or mucronate, awnless; carinate, or non-carinate (usually); persistent, herbaceous or chartaceous, lanceolate, ovate or elliptic, similar. Lower glume about 0.8 times the length of the upper glume; 3–7 nerved. Upper glume 5–9 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped (usually), or clearly specialised and modified in form. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets (1–)2–12. Lemmas ovate; herbaceous or chartaceous, similar in texture to the glumes; with prominent lateral veins, smooth; not becoming indurated; entire; pointed; acute or acuminate, awnless, or mucronate; hairy, or hairless; non-carinate; 7–9 nerved. Palea present; relatively long (about equalling the lemma); entire, or apically notched; awnless, without apical setae to with apical setae (sometimes with excurrent keel veins); 2-nerved, or several nerved (2–6); 2-keeled. Palea keels glabrous, or scabrous. Lodicules present; 3. Third lodicule present. Lodicules membranous; ciliate, or glabrous. Stamens 3. Ovary apically glabrous; without a conspicuous apical appendage. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit not apically appendaged, fusiform; not grooved. Hilum long-linear. Pericarp fused.

Special diagnostic feature. Not rush-like.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Arundinarodae; Arundinarieae; Arundinariinae. About 13 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Temperate and tropical Asia.

Special comments. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • D. polystachyum (as Arundinaria: Camus, 1913). • Abbreviations for Camus (1913) figures


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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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