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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Pseudosasa Makino

Greek, false Sasa (q.v.).

Including Yadakeya Mak.

Sometimes referred to Arundinaria

Habit, vegetative morphology. Shrubby perennial; rhizomatous. The flowering culms leafy. Culms 200–500 cm high; woody and persistent; to 1.5 cm in diameter; branched above. Primary branches/mid-culm node 1 (or 2–3 at upper nodes). Culm sheaths persistent. Culm internodes hollow. Rhizomes pachymorph and leptomorph (metamorph type I). Plants unarmed. Leaves not basally aggregated; with auricular setae. Leaf blades broad; 10–50 mm wide (‘to 5 cm’); pseudopetiolate; cross veined; disarticulating from the sheaths; rolled in bud. Contra-ligule present.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate; paniculate (terminal). Inflorescence with axes ending in spikelets. Inflorescence spatheate; a complex of ‘partial inflorescences’ and intervening foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes ‘racemes’ (seemingly); persistent. Spikelets not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 15–45 mm long; compressed laterally to not noticeably compressed; disarticulating above the glumes (?); disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes two; very unequal; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; pointed; awnless; similar. Lower glume 5 nerved (in material seen). Upper glume 9 nerved (in material seen). Spikelets with female-fertile florets only, or with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets (assuming the distal florets may be imperfect). Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 2–7. Lemmas entire; pointed; awnless, or mucronate (?); non-carinate; 17 nerved (in material seen). Palea present; relatively long; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; several nerved (8–13, 13 in material seen); 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 3; free; membranous; ciliate; not toothed; heavily vascularized. Stamens 3(–4). Anthers not penicillate; without an apically prolonged connective. Ovary glabrous; without a conspicuous apical appendage (the apex not swollen). Styles fused. Stigmas 3.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit not grooved. Pericarp thin (seemingly). Embryo small. Endosperm containing only simple starch grains. Embryo with an epiblast; with a scutellar tail; with a negligible mesocotyl internode. Embryonic leaf margins overlapping.

Ovule, embryology. Micropyle not noticeably oblique. Outer integument extensive, being absent only from the micropylar region; two cells thick at the micropylar margin. Inner integument continuous, the micropyle constricted; thickened around the micropyle. Synergids not haustorial; without large, globular starch grains.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae present; costal and intercostal. Intercostal papillae over-arching the stomata (and obscuring them); several per cell (abundant, narrow-elongated). Mid-intercostal long-cells rectangular; having markedly sinuous walls. Microhairs present; panicoid-type; without ‘partitioning membranes’ (in Pseudosasa japonica); (42–)49–51(–60) microns long; (4.2–)4.5–5.4(–6) microns wide at the septum. Microhair total length/width at septum 7.8–14.3. Microhair apical cells (21–)22.5–25.5(–27) microns long. Microhair apical cell/total length ratio 0.43–0.51. Stomata common; 27–28.5–30 microns long. Intercostal short-cells common; in cork/silica-cell pairs; silicified. Intercostal silica bodies crescentic, or saddle shaped, or tall-and-narrow (smallish). Costal short-cells conspicuously in long rows. Costal silica bodies saddle shaped (predominantly, very large), or oryzoid (a few approaching this); not sharp-pointed.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll with non-radiate chlorenchyma; with adaxial palisade (in places); with arm cells; with fusoids. The fusoids external to the PBS. Leaf blade adaxially flat. Midrib conspicuous (and with the usual bamboo asymmetry); having complex vascularization. Bulliforms present in discrete, regular adaxial groups (these large); in simple fans. All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma. Combined sclerenchyma girders present (with most bundles - a few with strands only); forming ‘figures’ (sometimes). Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Cytology. Chromosome base number, x = 12. 2n = 48. 4 ploid. Chromosomes ‘small’.

Taxonomy. Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae.

Distribution, ecology, phytogeography. 8 species; eastern Asia.

Holarctic and Paleotropical. Boreal. Indomalesian. Eastern Asian. Indo-Chinese.

Rusts and smuts. Rusts — Puccinia. Taxonomically wide-ranging species: Puccinia longicornis and Puccinia kusanoi.

References, etc. Leaf anatomical: this project.

Illustrations. • Psdeudopetiole, auricular (oral) setae (P. japonica). Pseudosasa japonica. Auricular setae, pseudopetiole with basal disarticulation zone. • a flower of P. japonica. Pseudosasa japonica, Three large, membranous, heavily vascularized, ciliate lodicules; ovary with the styles joined into one and three free stigmas. • Abaxial epidermis of leaf blade (P. japonica). • Transverse section of leaf blade (P. japonica). • Young leaf blade, vertical L.S. intercostal zone (P. japonica). Pseudosasa japonica . Showing distended young fusoid cells. • Mature leaf blade, vertical L.S. intercostal zone (P. japonica). Pseudosasa japonica. Showing collapsed fusoids, separated by wide intercellular spaces. • ‘Panicoid-type’ microhairs of P. japonica and Rytidosperma linkii: longitudinal EM sections (Amarasinghe)


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