Melica onoei Franch. & Sav., Enum. Pl. Japan. 2: 603. 1879. Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 453. 1978; Koyama, Grass. Jap. Neighb. Reg.117. 1987.
Aphyllopodic perennial. Culms few together, erect, up to 100 cm tall, lower part leafless, clothed with old leaf sheaths, 2 mm in diameter. Blades 15-25 cm long, 5-10 mm wide, flat, stif; ligule chartaceous, 0.5 mm long, truncated. Panicle open, 15-25 cm long; branches 2-3-nate. Spikelets on a slender, curved pedicel, 3-5-flowered including the upper rudiment, 6-8 mm long; glumes membranous; the lower lanceolate, 3 mm long, 1-nerved, the upper broadly lanceolate, 4-5 mm long, with a long midnerve and 2 or 4 lateral nerves; lemmas chartaceous, margins membranous, 7-nerved, 4-6 mm long; palea linear, chartaceous, 2-keeled, 4 mm long.
TAICHUNG: Lishan, Chuang & Kao 2486.
Distributed in Japan, Korea and northern China.