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The grass genera of the world

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

Glyphochloa W. D. Clayton

Habit, vegetative morphology. Annual. Culms 10–60 cm high; herbaceous; sparsely to amply branched above. The branching simple. Leaves not basally aggregated. Leaf blades linear; broad to narrow; 5–15 mm wide. Ligule an unfringed membrane.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets of sexually distinct forms on the same plant; hermaphrodite and male-only, or hermaphrodite and sterile. The male and female-fertile spikelets mixed in the inflorescence. The spikelets overtly heteromorphic; all in heterogamous combinations.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence of single, dorsiventral ‘racemes’ terminating the culm branches. Rachides hollowed, or flattened. Inflorescence spatheate. Spikelet-bearing axes spikelike; solitary; with substantial rachides; disarticulating; disarticulating at the joints. ‘Articles’ non-linear (inflated, clavate or turbinate); with a basal callus-knob; disarticulating transversely, or disarticulating obliquely. Spikelets paired; secund (the raceme dorsiventral, with the sessile members in two alternating rows on one side of the rachis); consistently in ‘long-and-short’ combinations; in pedicellate/sessile combinations. Pedicels of the ‘pedicellate’ spikelets discernible, but fused with the rachis. The ‘shorter’ spikelets hermaphrodite. The ‘longer’ spikelets male-only, or sterile (?).

Female-sterile spikelets. The pedicelled spikelets as large as the sessile, male or neuter, G1 smooth and asymmetrically or unilaterally winged, G2 variously keel-winged.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets morphologically ‘conventional’ (but the G1 curiously winged, ornamented and awned); abaxial; compressed dorsiventrally; falling with the glumes (and with the joint plus the pedicelled spikelet from the same joint, by contrast with Manisuris sensu stricto). Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes present; two; long relative to the adjacent lemmas; hairy, or hairless; without conspicuous tufts or rows of hairs; awned (the G1 1–2 aristate or tailed), or awnless (G. clarkei); non-carinate; very dissimilar (the G1 hardened, curiously ornamented and winged above, and aristate). Lower glume two-keeled; convex on the back; lacunose with deep depressions, or rugose, or tuberculate, or prickly (and laterally winged above the middle). Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets proximal to the female-fertile florets. The proximal incomplete florets 1; sterile. The proximal lemmas awnless; 0 nerved, or 2 nerved; similar in texture to the female-fertile lemmas (hyaline).

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas less firm than the glumes (hyaline); not becoming indurated; entire; awnless; 0 nerved, or 2 nerved. Palea present. Lodicules present; 2; fleshy. Stamens 3.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Hilum short. Embryo large.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C4; XyMS–.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Rottboelliinae. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Rottboelliinae. 8 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Central and peninsular India.

Indomalesian.

Not known in Australasia.

On rocks.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Jain 1970.

Special comments. 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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