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The grass genera of the world

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

Pseudodanthonia Bor & C.E. Hubb.

Excluding Sinochasea

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. Culms herbaceous; unbranched above. Young shoots intravaginal. Leaves non-auriculate. Leaf blades narrow; setaceous; not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation. Ligule an unfringed membrane; not truncate; 7 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence few spikeleted, or many spikeleted; a single raceme, or paniculate; open; espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets to 25 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret.

Glumes present; two; relatively large; very unequal to more or less equal; about equalling the spikelets; (the longer) long relative to the adjacent lemmas; pointed (acuminate); awnless; non-carinate. Lower glume 5–7 nerved. Upper glume 7–9 nerved. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 4–6. Lemmas similar in texture to the glumes; not becoming indurated; incised; 2 lobed; not deeply cleft (notched); awned. Awns 1; median; from a sinus (flanked by the shortish, narrow acuminate lobes); geniculate; hairless (scabrid); much longer than the body of the lemma. Lemmas hairy; non-carinate; without a germination flap; 7–9 nerved. Palea present; conspicuous but relatively short; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2. No third lodicule. Lodicules free; fleshy; glabrous; not or scarcely vascularized. Stamens 3. Anthers 4.5–5 mm long. Ovary apically hairy (all over). Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 3; white.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation lacking. Papillae absent. Mid-intercostal long-cells having markedly sinuous walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata absent or very rare. Intercostal short-cells in cork/silica-cell pairs. Costal short-cells predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies rounded and tall-and-narrow; not sharp-pointed.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Leaf blade with distinct, prominent adaxial ribs; with the ribs very irregular in sizes. Midrib not readily distinguishable; with one bundle only. All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; forming ‘figures’. Sclerenchyma not all bundle-associated. The ‘extra’ sclerenchyma in a continuous abaxial layer.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae, or Arundinoideae; if pooid, Poodae; if pooid, Aveneae (?); if arundinoid, Danthonieae (?). Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Phaenospermateae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Himalayas.

Species of open habitats. Mountain slopes.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Macfarlane and Watson 1980. Leaf anatomical: this project.

Special comments. Fruit data wanting. Illustrations. • TS leaf blade of P. himalaica: this project


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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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