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The grass genera of the world

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

Eccoilopus Steud.

~ Spodiopogon

Habit, vegetative morphology. Rather tall perennial; caespitose. Leaf blades cordate (often), or not cordate, not sagittate; pseudopetiolate (often), or not pseudopetiolate. Ligule an unfringed membrane.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets all alike in sexuality; homomorphic.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence of spicate main branches, or paniculate (the pedunculate ‘racemes’ often whorled, sometimes basally branched); not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes ‘racemes’, or paniculate; with very slender rachides; persistent (despite being jointed). ‘Articles’ not appendaged. Spikelets paired; pedicellate; consistently in ‘long-and-short’ combinations; unequally pedicellate in each combination. Pedicels of the ‘pedicellate’ spikelets free of the rachis. The ‘shorter’ spikelets hermaphrodite. The ‘longer’ spikelets hermaphrodite.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 4–6 mm long; not noticeably compressed (terete); falling with the glumes (from the pedicels). Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus present (as a tuft of short hairs). Callus short.

Glumes two; more or less equal; long relative to the adjacent lemmas; without conspicuous tufts or rows of hairs; awnless; very dissimilar (the lower chartaceous, pallid, convex with raised nerves,the upper cymbiform). Lower glume not two-keeled; convex on the back; not pitted; relatively smooth; prominently 7 nerved, or 9 nerved (ridged). Upper glume 7 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets proximal to the female-fertile florets. Spikelets with proximal incomplete florets. The proximal incomplete florets 1; paleate, or epaleate; sterile. The proximal lemmas awnless; 1 nerved; more or less equalling the female-fertile lemmas; similar in texture to the female-fertile lemmas (hyaline).

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas less firm than the glumes (hyaline); not becoming indurated; incised; 2 lobed; deeply cleft; awned, or mucronate (in that the awn may be ‘imperfect’). Awns when present, 1; from a sinus; geniculate. Lemmas without a germination flap. Palea present; conspicuous but relatively short; nerveless (hyaline). Ovary apically glabrous. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small (2 mm long); not noticeably compressed (cylindrical). Hilum short. Embryo large.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C4.

Cytology. 2n = 40.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Andropogoninae. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae. 4 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Asia.

Rusts and smuts. Rusts — Puccinia. Taxonomically wide-ranging species: Puccinia miyoshiana.

Special comments. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • I. bambusoides and E. cotulifer : www.iflora (2016)


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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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