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The grass genera of the world

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

Fimbribambusa Widjaja

Excluding numerous species transferred to other genera

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. The flowering culms leafy. Culms leaning, 700–1400 cm high; without nodal roots, woody and persistent; to 1 cm in diameter (in F. horsfieldii); cylindrical; branched above. Primary branches in F. microcephala 4–10. The branching dendroid. Culm leaves present, or absent (on those bearing inflorescences, at least in F. horsefieldii). Culm leaf sheaths present; in F. microcephala, deciduous; leaving a persisten girdle. Culm internodes hollow. Rhizomes short, pachymorph. Leaves auriculate (the 4–7 mm high auricles falcate); without auricular setae. Leaf blades acuminate or attenuate, linear, or elliptic; broad; 17–35 cm long 30–90 mm wide; pseudopetiolate; cross veined. Ligule an unfringed membrane; entire, in F. hordfieldii truncate. Contra-ligule present.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence indeterminate; with pseudospikelets (with glumaceous subtending bracts, axillary buds at spikelet bases and prophylls below the lateral spikelets, leafless between the clusters); comprising untidy nodal tufts, on separate, leafless culms; a complex of ‘partial inflorescences’ and intervening foliar organs.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets unconventional; 6–8 mm long, or 12–16 mm long; oblong, or lanceolate; compressed laterally to not noticeably compressed; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets.

Glumes persistent, two; shorter than the spikelets; awnless. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets (male or sterile). The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped; awnless.

Female-fertile florets (2–)4–6. Lemmas ovate or lanceolate; entire; awnless, or mucronate; hairless; non-carinate. Palea present; relatively long; awnless, without apical setae; several nerved (8–10 in F. microcephala). Palea back in F. horsefieldii hairy. Lodicules present; 2 (F. microcephala), or 3 (F. horsefieldii); membranous; ciliate (F. microcephala), or glabrous (F. horsefieldii). Stamens 6. Ovary umbonate, apically apically hairy; with a conspicuous apical appendage. The appendage broadly conical, fleshy. Stigmas 3.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae; Bambusinae. 2 species (F. horsefieldii, F. microcephala).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Malesia. Papuasia.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Clayton et al, (2016), Grassbase.

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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