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The grass genera of the world

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

Indosasa McLure

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial (shrub). The flowering culms leafy. Culms woody and persistent; to 11 cm in diameter; cylindrical; not scandent; branched above. Buds from which the primary culm branches arise (where recorded) 1. Primary branches (1–)3(–10). The branching dendroid. Culm nodes 2 ridged. Culm leaf sheaths present; usually deciduous; not leaving a persistent girdle; conspicuously auriculate, or not conspicuously auriculate. Culm leaves with conspicuous blades. Culm leaf blades linear, or lanceolate, or ovate, or triangular. Rhizomes leptomorph. Leaves not basally aggregated; with auricular setae. Leaf blades broad (large); pseudopetiolate; where recorded, disarticulating from the sheaths, or persistent (then demarcated). Contra-ligule consistently absent.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence weakly indeterminate, or determinate (usually); with pseudospikelets; ‘comprising short espatheate branches loosely grouped about a node’, the spikelets in tight clusters; spatheate, or espatheate; a complex of ‘partial inflorescences’ and intervening foliar organs, or not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs (‘I. hispidula approaches a compound inflorescence, with spathiform bracts’). Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets solitary; sessile.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets unconventional; where recorded, linear; compressed laterally (?); disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets.

Glumes two; similar. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 3–20 (‘several to many’). Lemmas leathery; awnless (?). Palea present; not convolute. Lodicules present; 3; membranous; ciliate to glabrous; heavily vascularized. Stamens 6. Anthers without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary where known, without a conspicuous apical appendage. Styles fused. Stigmas 3.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit large (8 mm long in I. sinica); ellipsoid.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Arundinarodae; Arundinarieae; Arundinariinae. 12 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Asia, especially China and Vietnam.

Not known in Australasia.

Shade species; glycophytic. Forest and roadsides.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Chao and Chu 1983, Chao and Renvoize 1989.

Special comments. Morphological description poor. 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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