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The grass genera of the world

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

Kerriochloa C.E. Hubb.

Named for the collector of the type specimen (Kerr 17718).

Habit, vegetative morphology. Slender perennial; decumbent. Culms 20–25 cm high; herbaceous; branched above. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate. Leaf blades flat (short); not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation. 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 sterile; overtly heteromorphic (the pedicelled member very reduced); all in heterogamous combinations.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence of solitary, shortly peduncled terminal ‘racemes’; non-digitate; spatheate (the fragile, spicate racemes partially enclosed by narrow spathes). Spikelet-bearing axes ‘racemes’; solitary; with substantial rachides; disarticulating; disarticulating at the joints. ‘Articles’ non-linear (cuneate); not appendaged; disarticulating transversely; densely long-hairy. Spikelets paired; somewhat secund; sessile and pedicellate; consistently in ‘long-and-short’ combinations; in pedicellate/sessile combinations. Pedicels of the ‘pedicellate’ spikelets free of the rachis. The ‘shorter’ spikelets hermaphrodite. The ‘longer’ spikelets sterile (reduced to the G1).

Female-sterile spikelets. The pedicelled spikelet much smaller, reduced to its membranous, nerveless G1.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 5–6 mm long; slightly compressed laterally; falling with the glumes (deciduous with the adjacent internode and pedicel). Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus present. Callus short; blunt (truncate).

Glumes two; more or less equal; long relative to the adjacent lemmas; free; hairy; without conspicuous tufts or rows of hairs; not pointed (the (G1) obtuse, the G2 notched); the G2 awned (from its sinus); carinate (G2), or non-carinate (G1); very dissimilar (G1 dorsally convex and awnless, G2 cymbiform, awned). Lower glume not two-keeled (wingless, the margins incurved); convex on the back; with a conspicuous pit; relatively smooth; 5 nerved. Upper glume 3 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets proximal to the female-fertile florets. Spikelets with proximal incomplete florets. The proximal incomplete florets 1; sterile (much shorter than the glumes). The proximal lemmas awnless; 3 nerved; decidedly exceeding the female-fertile lemmas; similar in texture to the female-fertile lemmas to decidedly firmer than the female-fertile lemmas (thinly membranous, with broad hyaline margins, entire); not becoming indurated.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas less firm than the glumes (hyaline); not becoming indurated; incised; 2 lobed; not deeply cleft; awned. Awns 1; median; from a sinus; geniculate; hairless; much longer than the body of the lemma. Lemmas hairless; non-carinate; without a germination flap; 3 nerved. Palea present; shorter than the L2; entire (acuminate); awnless, without apical setae; not indurated (hyaline); 2-nerved. Lodicules present; 2; free; glabrous; toothed (conspicuously bidentate). Stamens 3. Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary apically glabrous. Styles fused. Stigmas 2; red pigmented.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit not noticeably compressed. Hilum short. Embryo large.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Andropogoninae. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae; Andropogonodae; Andropogoneae; Ischaeminae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Thailand and Cambodia.

Species of open habitats.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Hubbard 1951.

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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