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The grass genera of the world

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

Lombardochloa Rosengurtt & Arillaga

Named after A. Lombardo, South American agrostologist.

~ Briza, Chascolytrum

Including Poidium rufum (Presl) Mattei

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. Culms 50–150 cm high (?); herbaceous. Young shoots intravaginal. Leaves non-auriculate. The fibrous remains of the sheaths persisting. Leaf blades narrow; flat, or folded; without cross venation; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets; exposed-cleistogamous, or chasmogamous (?).

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; open; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets; with a distinctly elongated rachilla internode above the glumes. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus present. Callus short.

Glumes two; more or less equal; about equalling the spikelets; long relative to the adjacent lemmas; hairless; glabrous; awnless; carinate; similar (naviculate). Lower glume 3 nerved. Upper glume 3 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped.

Female-fertile florets 2–4. Lemmas broad, with a succulent, translucent region near the base of each wing; not becoming indurated; entire; pointed to blunt; awnless; hairless; carinate to non-carinate (slightly keeled when mature); 5 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; entire (acute or obtuse); awnless, without apical setae; not indurated; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Palea keels wingless. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; not toothed. Stamens 3, or 1 (in cleistogamous florets). Ovary apically glabrous. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit adhering to lemma and/or palea to free from both lemma and palea; longitudinally grooved. Hilum short. Endosperm with lipid.

Phytochemistry. Leaves without flavonoid sulphates (1 species).

Special diagnostic feature. Lemmas not as in Briza (q.v.). Female-fertile lemma very broad, with a conspicuous, succulent, translucent region near the base of each wing.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Calothecinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. South America.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Rosengurtt and Arrillaga de Maffei 1979.

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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