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Rhynchelytrum repens (Willd.) C. E. Hubb., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew. 1934: 110. 1934; Hsu, Fl.Taiwan 5: 596. 1978.


Rhynchelytrum repens
leaf cross section

Credit: cs kuoh

Saccharum repens Willd., Sp. Pl. ed. 2. 1: 322. 1797.

Perennials; rhizome stout; culms erect, branched, to 1 m high; internodes with tubercle hairs, nodes soft hairy. Blade up ot 20 cm long, 2-5 mm wide; ligule of a ring of long hairs, ca. 1 mm long; sheath loose, shorter than inernode, ususlly covered with tubercled hairs. Panicle open, ca. 15 cm long, branches capillary; pedicels long hairy. Spikelets laterally compressed, ca. 5 mm long, ovate, densely covered with pink hairs, hairs to 6 mm long; pedicels slender, spikelet easily falling off from pedicel; lower glume minute, ca. 1 mm long, covered with stiff short hairs; upper glume and lower lemma subequal, 5-veined, dentate at apex, awned from sinus; lower palea membranaceous, 2-keeled, ciliated on keel, anthers ca. 2 mm long; upper lemma smooth and shiny, ca. 2 mm long.

TAINAN: Tainan, Hsu 6438. PINGTUNG: Santimen, Hsu 40119; Shihmen, Hsu 8002. TAITUNG: Chihshang, Chiang 5.

Originally from tropical South Africa, now introduced into most warm countries. Taiwan, common in waste places, roadsides and open fields at the southern part.


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