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

Morronea Zuloaga & Scataglini

~ Dichanthelium, Panicum sensu lato

Type species: M. arundinariae (Trin. ex E Fourn.) Zuloaga & Scataglini.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial. Culms decumbent. Leaf blades not pseudopetiolate. Ligule a fringed membrane.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; lax, spreading, open; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelets not secund.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets elliptic; abaxial; compressed dorsiventrally; falling with the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret.

Glumes two; very unequal (the lower much reduced or no more than half of the spikelet length, the upper equalling the spikelet); long relative to the adjacent lemmas (i.e., the longer glume). Lower glume (0–)1–3(–5) nerved. Upper glume 5–7 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets proximal to the female-fertile florets. Spikelets with proximal incomplete florets. The proximal incomplete florets 1; epaleate; sterile.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas not crested; hairy (pilose all over); 5–7 nerved.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Hilum short. Embryo large.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): not described separately. Soreng et al. (2015): Panicoideae; Panicodae; Paniceae; Boivinellinae. 6 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Mexico to Argentina.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Scataglini, M.A. and Zuloaga, F.O. (2013). Morronea, a new genus segregated from Panicum (Paniceae, Poaceae) based on morphological and molecular data. Systematic Botany 38(4):1076–1086.

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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