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The grass genera of the world

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

Gelidocalamus T.H. Wen

~ Indocalamus

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; rhizomatous and caespitose. Culms woody and persistent; cylindrical; branched above. Primary branches 7–12(–20) (rarely more). The branching simple (according to FOC), or suffrutescent, or dendroid (?). Culm leaf sheaths present; deciduous, or persistent; conspicuously auriculate, or not conspicuously auriculate. Culm leaves with conspicuous blades. Culm leaf blades linear (usually), or lanceolate. Erect, pluricaespitose. Rhizomes leptomorph. Leaves cauline, 1–5 per branch, auriculate, or non-auriculate; without auricular setae. Leaf blades lanceolate, or elliptic; broad; 8–23 cm long, 13–30 mm wide; pseudopetiolate; cross veined. Ligule an unfringed membrane, or a fringed membrane. Contra-ligule absent.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate; large, terminal on leafy branches, paniculate; open. Spikelets solitary; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets morphologically ‘conventional’; 5–14 mm long; where recorded, oblong, or lanceolate; mostly green; disarticulating between the florets; with distinctly elongated rachilla internodes between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets.

Glumes persistent, two; shorter than the spikelets; pointed; awnless; lanceolate, chartaceous, similar. Lower glume convex on the back. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped to clearly specialised and modified in form. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 2–5. Lemmas lanceolate; chartaceous, similar in texture to the glumes; smooth; not becoming indurated; entire; pointed (acuminate); awnless; laterally compressed, non-carinate; 5 nerved, or 7 nerved. Palea present; relatively long (equalling the lemma); entire; truncate, awnless, without apical setae; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 3; ciliate, or glabrous. Stamens 3. Ovary apically glabrous; probably without a conspicuous apical appendage. Stigmas 1, or 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit beaked; obovoid. Pericarp fused. Seed endospermic.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Arundinarodae; Arundinarieae; Arundinariinae. 12 species (9 known from vegetative material only).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Temperate Asia, China.

Holarctic.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Clayton et al. (2016), GrassBase; Zhu & Stapleton, Flora of China.

Special comments. This compilation mainly represents G. multifolius, G. stellatus and G. tessellatus. 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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