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The grass genera of the world

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

Podophorus Phil.

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial (?). Culms herbaceous. Leaves not basally aggregated; non-auriculate. Leaf blades linear to linear-lanceolate; narrow; about 4–6 mm wide; flat (pilose); not pseudopetiolate; without cross venation. Ligule an unfringed membrane (but abaxially hairy); not truncate (laciniate); about 5 mm long.

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

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

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 10–13 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; not disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus present. Callus short.

Glumes two; very unequal; shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; hairless; pointed (acute); awnless; non-carinate; fairly similar (lanceolate, herbaceous). Lower glume 3 nerved. Upper glume 5 nerved. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets 1, or 2; merely underdeveloped; awned. Spikelets without proximal incomplete florets.

Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas subcylindrical; decidedly firmer than the glumes (leathery); rigid; entire; awned. Awns 1; median; apical; non-geniculate, or geniculate (? - see illustration by Nicora and Rúgolo de Agrasar 1987); flexuous; hairless; much longer than the body of the lemma; persistent. Lemmas hairless; scabrous; non-carinate; without a germination flap; 5 nerved, or 7 nerved. Palea present; relatively long; tightly clasped by the lemma; apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; glabrous; toothed; not or scarcely vascularized. Stamens 2. Ovary apically hairy (on the top); without a conspicuous apical appendage (not at all appendaged, just hairy). Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2; white.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit medium sized (5 mm long); with hairs confined to a terminal tuft. Hilum long-linear. Embryo small.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Long-cells costal long-cells much smaller than intercostals. Mid-intercostal long-cells rectangular and fusiform; having markedly sinuous walls (and pitted, fairly thin-walled). Microhairs absent. Stomata absent or very rare. Intercostal short-cells common; in cork/silica-cell pairs (commonly); silicified. Numerous macrohairs present costally and intercostally. Costal short-cells predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated crenate/sinuous (a few), or rounded (numerous), or tall-and-narrow (a few); not sharp-pointed.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Mesophyll with non-radiate chlorenchyma; without adaxial palisade. Leaf blade adaxially flat; with the ribs more or less constant in size. Midrib conspicuous (a larger bundle and an abaxially rounded keel); with one bundle only. Bulliforms present in discrete, regular adaxial groups; in simple fans (these large, mostly distorted by macrohairs). All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma. Combined sclerenchyma girders present; forming ‘figures’ (all the bundles). Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Poodae; Poeae; Loliinae. 1 species.

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Juan Fernandez Is. (Chile).

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

Illustrations. • P. bromoides: Nicora & Rúgolo de Agrasar (1987)


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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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