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The grass genera of the world

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

Dupontiopsis (Koidz.) Soreng, L.J. Gillespie & Koba

~ Poa

Type species: D. hayachinensis.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; rhizomatous, or stoloniferous, or caespitose. Culms solitary, geniculately ascending 30–60 cm high; herbaceous; unbranched above; 2–3 noded. Sheath margins joined (to about half their length). Leaf blades acuminate, narrow; 7–18 cm long, 4–6 mm wide. Ligule an unfringed membrane; acute, not truncate; 0.5–1 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; nodding, open; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelets solitary; not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 7–8 mm long; oblong to elliptic; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus present (with a crown of hairs around the lemma base).

Glumes two; very unequal to more or less equal; shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; awnless; carinate; membranous, lanceolate, acuminate similar. Lower glume 0.75 times the length of the upper glume; shorter than the lowest lemma; 1 nerved. Upper glume 3 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped; awnless.

Female-fertile florets 3–5. Lemmas lanceolate, laterally compressed; similar in texture to the glumes (membranous); not becoming indurated; entire; pointed; attenuately awned. Awns 1; median; apical; non-geniculate; hairless. Lemmas basally hairy; carinate; 3 nerved (Soreng et al.), or 5 nerved (Clayton et al.). Palea present; 2-keeled. Palea keels scabrous. Lodicules present; 2; membranous. Stamens 3. Anthers 2.5–3 mm long; without an apically prolonged connective.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit not grooved. Hilum short. Pericarp fused.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Poinae. 1 species (D. hayachinensis).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Northern Japan.

Not known in Australasia.

Helophytic (in wet, gravelly, alpine serpentine habitats).

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Soreng et al. (2015). Molecular and morphological evidence for a new grass genus, Dupontiopsis (Poaceae tribe Poeae subtribe Poinae s.l., endemic to alpine Japan, and implications for the reticulate origin of Dupontia and Arctophila within Poinae s.l.; Clayton et al., GrassBase (2016).

Special comments. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical 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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