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The grass genera of the world

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

Streblochaete Hochst.

Including Koordersiochloa Merr., Pseudostreptogyne A. Camus

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; caespitose. Culms 30–100 cm high; herbaceous; unbranched above. Leaves non-auriculate. Sheath margins joined. Leaf blades linear-lanceolate; rolled; without cross venation. Ligule an unfringed membrane; not truncate; 3–12 mm long.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence paniculate; open (narrow); espatheate; not comprising ‘partial inflorescences’ and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets secund to not secund (the panicle sometimes unilateral), or not secund; pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets 16–28 mm long; not noticeably compressed; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret; the rachilla extension with incomplete florets. Hairy callus present. Callus long; pointed.

Glumes present; two; very unequal; shorter than the spikelets; shorter than the adjacent lemmas; hairless; pointed; awnless; non-carinate (rounded dorsally); similar (narrow, membranous-herbaceous with hyaline margins). Lower glume 3 nerved. Upper glume 5 nerved (with transverse linking). Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets several, in a lanceolate cluster; merely underdeveloped (male or sterile).

Female-fertile florets 2–6. Lemmas similar in texture to the glumes to decidedly firmer than the glumes (herbaceous); not becoming indurated (or hardening slightly); shortly incised (to nearly entire); slightly 2 lobed; not deeply cleft; awned. Awns 1; median; dorsal; from near the top; geniculate (the very long, filiform awns coiling and intertwining with one another, so that the spikelet is dispersed as a unit); hairless (scabrid); much longer than the body of the lemma (distally filiform); entered by one vein. Lemmas hairless; non-carinate (dorsally rounded); without a germination flap; 7 nerved. Palea present; conspicuous but relatively short (about half the lemma length); apically notched; not indurated (herbaceous); 2-nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 2; free; membranous; ciliate, or glabrous; not toothed; not or scarcely vascularized. Stamens 3. Ovary apically glabrous. Styles free to their bases. Stigmas 2.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit longitudinally grooved; compressed dorsiventrally. Hilum short. Embryo small. Endosperm hard.

Abaxial leaf blade epidermis. Costal/intercostal zonation conspicuous. Papillae absent. Long-cells the costal long-cells narrower; differing markedly in wall thickness costally and intercostally (the costals thicker). Mid-intercostal long-cells rectangular; having markedly sinuous walls. Microhairs absent. Stomata absent or very rare. Intercostal short-cells common; not paired; not silicified. Prickles present over the veins. Costal short-cells neither distinctly grouped into long rows nor predominantly paired. Costal silica bodies horizontally-elongated crenate/sinuous; not sharp-pointed.

Transverse section of leaf blade, physiology. C3; XyMS+. Sclerenchyma all associated with vascular bundles.

Cytology. Chromosome base number, x = 10.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Pooideae; Poodae; Meliceae. Soreng et al. (2015): Pooideae; Brylkineae. 1 species (S. longiaristata).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Tropical Africa, Java, Lombok, Philippines; montane.

Mesophytic; shade species; glycophytic. Montane forest glades.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Tateoka 1965b. Leaf anatomical: this project.

Illustrations. • S. longiaristata, as Koordersiochloa: Merrill (1917), Philippine J. of Science 12. • General morphology (S. longiarista): Gibbs Russell et al., 1990


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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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