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The grass genera of the world

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

Metasasa W.T. Lin

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; rhizomatous. The flowering culms leafy. Culms 300–700 cm high; woody and persistent; to 3 cm in diameter; cylindrical; branched above. Rhizomes leptomorph. Plants unarmed. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate; without auricular setae. Leaf blades lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate; broad; 25–50 mm wide (and 13–26 cm long); rolled; pseudopetiolate; cross veined; disarticulating from the sheaths; rolled in bud. Ligule present; about 3 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate; without pseudospikelets; few spikeleted (6–8); paniculate; open. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets solitary; not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 30–70 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets; with conventional internode spacings. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; hairy; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes two; very unequal (judging from the original illustration); shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; awnless; carinate; similar. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets.

Female-fertile florets 7–9. Lemmas not becoming indurated; entire; pointed (acuminate); awnless; hairy; without a germination flap; 13–18 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; entire to apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; several nerved (4–5 nerved between the keels); 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 3; free; membranous; glabrous; not toothed (lanceolate); heavily vascularized. Stamens 6. Anthers 5–5.5 mm long. Ovary without a conspicuous apical appendage. Styles fused (into one). Stigmas 2, or 3 (one of the two stigmas illustrated as being deeply two-lobed).

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit medium sized (about 8mm long). Hilum seemingly long-linear.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae. Soreng et al. (2015): cf. Bambusoideae (as a synonym?). 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Guangdong, China.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Lin 1988.

Special comments. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • M. carinata: Lin (1988), www.yuanlin.com


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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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