DELTA sample data
Habit, vegetative morphology. Oat-like perennial. Culms 60–110 cm high; herbaceous. Culm nodes glabrous. Leaf blades linear-lanceolate; 2–3 mm wide. Ligule a fringed membrane (the membrane short to relatively long, hairy on the back).
Inflorescence. Plants bisexual, with bisexual spikelets. Inflorescence paniculate; open; not comprising partial inflorescences and foliar organs. Spikelet-bearing axes persistent. Spikelets not secund.
Female-fertile spikelets, florets, fruit. Spikelets 40–60 mm long; compressed laterally; disarticulating above the glumes. Rachilla prolonged beyond the uppermost female-fertile floret (the slender prolongation 6–8 mm long, in the palea groove). Hairy callus present (about 6 mm long, with dense, white hairs). Glumes two; more or less equal (the upper slightly longer); long relative to the adjacent lemmas; awnless; non-carinate. Upper glume 7–9 nerved. Spikelets with female-fertile florets only, or with incomplete florets (usually with a single, abortive floret). The incomplete florets distal to the female-fertile florets. Female-fertile florets 1. Lemmas incised; awned. Awns 3; from a sinus; geniculate; much longer than the body of the lemma (up to 8 cm long). Lemmas non-carinate (rounded on the back); without a germination flap; 3 nerved. Palea present; relatively long (narrow, lanceolate). Lodicules present; membranous (two stipoid and larger, the third smaller and flimsier); glabrous. Stamens 3. Ovary hairy (sparingly so, towards the apex). Stigmas 2, or 3; white. Fruit medium sized. Hilum long-linear. Pericarp free, or loosely adherent.
Photosynthetic pathway, leaf blade anatomy. C3; XyMS+. Midrib not readily distinguishable; with one bundle only. All the vascular bundles accompanied by sclerenchyma.
Taxonomy, distribution. Arundinoideae; Stipeae. 1 species. Australian.
Anatomical references. This project.
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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1998 onwards. DELTA sample data: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. Version: 19th October 2016. delta-intkey.com’.