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The grass genera of the world

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

Parodiophyllochloa Zuloaga & Morrone

~ Panicum

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; decumbent. The flowering culms leafy. Culms herbaceous; decumbent. The shoots not aromatic. Leaf blades lanceolate to ovate; not pseudopetiolate; persistent. Ligule an unfringed membrane.

Reproductive organization. Plants bisexual, all with bisexual spikelets; with hermaphrodite florets. The spikelets all alike in sexuality; hermaphrodite. Plants exposed-cleistogamous and chasmogamous, or chasmogamous.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; open (generally spreading); non-digitate. Primary inflorescence branches inserted all around the main axis. Inflorescence espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets pilose to glabrous, elliptic; falling with the glumes. Rachilla terminated by a female-fertile floret. Hairy callus absent.

Glumes two; very unequal to more or less equal; about equalling the spikelets; hairy, or hairless; awnless; non-carinate; similar. Lower glume 0.5–0.8 times the length of the upper glume; 3(–5) nerved. Upper glume 5(–11) 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 ellipsoid to narrowly ovoid; decidedly firmer than the glumes; becoming indurated; apiculate, entire; mucronate; hairless; papillose, glabrous; non-carinate; having the margins inrolled against the palea. Palea present; relatively long; tightly clasped by the lemma; awnless, without apical setae; textured like the lemma. Palea back papillose.

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

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3.

Special diagnostic feature. Plants not as in Dichanthelium (q.v.) (with no overwintering rosette of leaves).

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

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Mexico to Argentina.

Shade species (in humid places).

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Morrone, O., Denham, S.S., Aliscioni, S.S. and Zuloaga, O. (2008). Syst. Bot. 33(1), 66–76.

Special comments. This inadequate description needs pursuing further, via Hitchcock & Chase (1915). Fruit data wanting. 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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