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

Neohouzeaua A. Camus

~ Shizostachyum

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial (large bushes). Culms woody and persistent; scandent, or not scandent; branched above. Primary branches 1, or 4–10, or 11–20. The branching simple (N. coradata), or dendroid. Culm leaf sheaths present; at least sometimes deciduous; leaving a persisten girdle, or not leaving a persistent girdle; commonly conspicuously auriculate. Culm leaves with conspicuous blades. Culm leaf blades lanceolate, or ovate. Rhizomes pachymorph. Leaves not basally aggregated. Leaf blades pseudopetiolate; demarcated but persistent. Contra-ligule present, or absent.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence indeterminate; with pseudospikelets (presumably?); paniculate (dense, oblong). Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets morphologically ‘conventional’; oblong, or ovate, or linear (usually). Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret (?).

Glumes present; ‘3–4’; awnless (mucronate); similar.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas twisted; similar in texture to the glumes; not becoming indurated; mucronate to awned (or almost awned). Palea present; convolute around the flower, or not convolute. Lodicules absent (‘or very small’). Stamens 6; monadelphous. Ovary with a conspicuous apical appendage. The appendage long, stiff and tapering. Styles fused (into one prolonged style). Stigmas 3.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Pericarp thick and hard; free (the fruit a nut).

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae; Melocanninae. 4 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Southeast Asia.

Special comments. Description very inadequate. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • N. mekongensis, with N. dullooa = Teinostachyum dullooa: E.G. Camus & M.A. Camus (1922), Fl. Gen. d'Indo-Chine.


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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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