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The grass genera of the world

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

Vietnamosasa Nguyen

Name referring to Sasa (a bamboo genus, q.v.) and geography.

~ Arundinaria, Pseudosasa - including A. ciliata A. Camus and A. pusilla Chevalier and Camus

Habit, vegetative morphology. Perennial; rhizomatous. The flowering culms leafy. Culms 50–150 cm high (small bamboos); woody and persistent; to 1 cm in diameter; cylindrical; not scandent; branched above. Primary branches 11–20. The branching dendroid. Culm leaf sheaths present. Culm internodes solid, or hollow. Rhizomes leptomorph. Plants unarmed. Leaves not basally aggregated; auriculate; with auricular setae. Leaf blades linear-lanceolate; narrow; 2–8(–10) mm wide; broadly cordate (‘subauriculate’); pseudopetiolate; cross veined; disarticulating from the sheaths. Ligule present; membranous. Contra-ligule absent.

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

Inflorescence. Inflorescence determinate, or indeterminate (? -in V. pusilla, where the presence and number of glumes is variable, and the lower is sometimes gemmiparous); with pseudospikelets (?), or without pseudospikelets; spatheate, or espatheate. Spikelet-bearing axes ‘racemes’, or spikelike (flowering branches ‘simple’); clustered (in fascicles); persistent. Spikelets sessile to pedicellate.

Female-fertile spikelets. Spikelets morphologically ‘conventional’, or unconventional; 30–70 mm long; oblong, or linear; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes; disarticulating between the florets. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret.

Glumes present, or absent (sometimes, in V. pusilla); when present, one per spikelet to two (V. pusilla), or two. Lower glume shorter than the lowest lemma. Spikelets with incomplete florets. The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. The distal incomplete florets merely underdeveloped.

Female-fertile florets 6–12. Lemmas lanceolate; awnless; hairless; multinerved. Palea present; relatively long; not convolute; entire, or apically notched; awnless, without apical setae; several nerved; 2-keeled. Lodicules present; 3; free; membranous; ciliate; not toothed; heavily vascularized (below). Stamens 6. Anthers 3.5–7 mm long (the filaments short). Ovary without a conspicuous apical appendage. Styles basally fused. Stigmas 3; red pigmented.

Fruit, embryo and seedling. Fruit longitudinally grooved.

Classification. Watson & Dallwitz (1994): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae. Soreng et al. (2015): Bambusoideae; Bambusodae; Bambuseae; Bambusinae. 3 species (V. darlacensis, V. ciliata, V. pusilla).

Distribution, phytogeography, ecology. Southern Vietnam.

References, etc. Morphological/taxonomic: Nguyen, T.Q. (1990). New taxa of bamboos (Poaceae, Bambusoideae) from Vietnam. Botanicheskii Zhurnal 75, 221–225. See Chevalier and Camus 1921, A. Camus 1919 and E.G. & A. Camus 1923 for descriptions of included Arundinaria (Pseudosasa) species.

Special comments. Description inadequate. Fruit data wanting. Anatomical data wanting. Illustrations. • V. pusilla, as Arundinaria: E.G. & A. Camus, Fl. Gén. de l'Indo-Chine (1923)


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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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