The grass genera of the world
Habit, vegetative morphology. Annual. Culms herbaceous; unbranched above. Leaves not basally aggregated. Leaf blades lanceolate; narrow; 3–7 mm wide (to about 3.5 cm long); slightly cordate; flat; without cross venation. Ligule an unfringed membrane.
Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets.
Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; contracted; spicate; espatheate; not comprising partial inflorescences and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets paired (usually), or in triplets (rarely); not secund.
Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 6–9 mm long; purplish; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus present. Callus short; blunt.
Glumes two; very unequal; (the upper) long relative to the adjacent lemmas; hairless; pointed; awned (aristulate, the points 1–2 mm long), or awnless. Lower glume 3 nerved. Upper glume 5 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets proximal to the female-fertile florets. Spikelets with proximal incomplete florets (or the L1 occasionally hermaphrodite). The proximal incomplete florets when present, 1; paleate. Palea of the proximal incomplete florets fully developed (two keeled, narrowly two winged). The proximal incomplete florets male, or sterile (or even female). The proximal lemmas awned (with a short, dorsal capillary awn); 5–9 nerved; decidedly exceeding the female-fertile lemmas (similar to G2); less firm than the female-fertile lemmas (membranous, leathery); not becoming indurated.
Female-fertile florets 1(–2). Lemmas decidedly firmer than the glumes; becoming leathery; incised; 2 lobed; deeply cleft; awned. Awns 1, or 3; median, or median and lateral (the two lobes aristulate); the median different in form from the laterals (if laterals considered present); from a sinus; geniculate. The lateral awns shorter than the median. Lemmas hairy. The hairs in tufts (these thick, near the margins at the bases of the lobes); in transverse rows (transversely bearded with brown hairs in the lower half). Lemmas non-carinate; 7–9 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; apically notched; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Palea keels winged (and with peculiar unicellular, turgid hairs between the keels). Lodicules present; 2; free; glabrous. Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary apically glabrous. Stigmas 2.
Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit small (1.3 mm long). Hilum short. Embryo large.
Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Microhairs present; panicoid-type. Costal silica bodies panicoid-type; dumb-bell shaped.
Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. Supposedly C3 (but needing further study: certainly the anatomical drawings of Türpe (1970) show neither circular cells nor the expected small bundles); XyMS (from Türpes detailed drawings, which if accurate reveal this as the only known C3 XyMS- combination). Mesophyll with radiate chlorenchyma. Leaf blade adaxially flat. Midrib not readily distinguishable.
Cytology. 2n = 20.
Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Panicodae; Arundinelleae. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae. 1 species.
Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. India, Burma.
Mesophytic. Moist places in hills.
References, etc. Leaf anatomical: Metcalfe 1960, Türpe 1970.
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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’.