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The grass genera of the world

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

Kinabaluchloa K.M. Wong

~ Bambusa

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; shortly rhizomatous and caespitose (the internodes 100–200 cm long). The flowering culms leafless. Culms 700–1800 cm high; woody and persistent; to about 2.5 cm in diameter; cylindrical; leaning, not scandent. Buds from which the primary culm branches arise (where recorded) 1. Primary branches from a single bud, 4–10 (subequal); clumped. The branching dendroid. Culm nodes without roots. Culm leaf sheaths present. Culm leaves with conspicuous blades. Culm leaf blades where recorded, linear. Culm internodes hollow. Leaves not basally aggregated; auriculate to non-auriculate (inconspicuous). Leaf blades lanceolate; broad; 15–25 cm long, 20–30 mm wide; pseudopetiolate. Ligule an unfringed membrane. Contra-ligule present.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence indeterminate; with pseudospikelets; (synflorescence) spatheate (with glumaceous or spathaceous subtending bracts, leafy between the clusters - with each pseudospikelet subtended by a bract almost as long as the lemmas). Spikelets not secund.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets unconventional; 10–25 mm long; lanceolate; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; 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 ambiguously, in descriptions seen, one per spikelet, or two to several (? - preceded by gemmiferous bracts); long relative to the adjacent lemmas (about equalling the lowest). Lower glume without pits. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets 1; merely underdeveloped (?); awnless. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 1–2. Lemmas lanceolate or ovate; smooth (neither wrinkled nor grooved); not becoming indurated; entire; pointed; awnless, or mucronate (acute to cuspidate); non-carinate; 9 nerved, or 14 nerved. Palea present; relatively long to conspicuous but relatively short (somewhat shorter than the lemma); not convolute; awnless, without apical setae; several nerved (10); 2-keeled (with keels approximated or well separated). Lodicules present; 3; membranous (neither fleshy nor basally protruding); ciliate, or glabrous. Stamens 6. Anthers 4 mm long. Ovary apically glabrous to apically hairy; with a conspicuous apical appendage to without a conspicuous apical appendage. The appendage when young, long, stiff and tapering (i.e., then not Bambusa-like), or broadly conical, fleshy.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae; Bambusinae. Supposedly 2 species (K. wrayi, K. nebulosa).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Vietnam, Borneo.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Clayton et al. (2016), Grassbase; K. M. Wong (1993): Four New Genera of Bamboos (Gramineae: Bambusoideae) from Malesia. Kew Bulletin 48, 517–532. Leaf anatomical: the Clayton et al (2016) index for K. nebulosa leads to Nianhochloa ...

Special comments. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • K. wrayi, as Bambusa wrayi, with Bambusa spp.: Camus, 1913.. • Abbreviations for Camus (1913) figures


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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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