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Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Chiov., Ann. Ist. Bot. Roma. 8: 41. 1903; Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5:592, pl. 1443. 1978.


Pennisetum clandestinum

Credit: CC Hsu

Perennials; rhizome well developed; stolon long creeping, rooting at nodes. Blade more or less hairy; ligule short, ca. 1.2mm long, fringed wiht hairs; sheath imbricate, loose, longer than internode, long ciliated along one side. Raceme with 2-4-spikelets, spikelet subtended by bristles and hairs. Spikelets linear-lanceolate, ca. 15 mm long, enclosed in uppermost sheath, inconspicuous; lower glume mambranous, veinless, rounded, ca. 6 mm long, clasping base of spikelet; upper glume narrowly deltoid, more than 13-veins; subequal to spikelet; lower lemma and upper lemma subequal, with tessellate veins; upper floret cartilagious; anther oblong, filament long; style slender; lodicule reduced.

TAICHUNG: Lishan, Hsu 12462. NANTOU: Chianchen, Huang 7.

Originally from tropical East Africa, but introduced into many other countrise. Taiwan, weedy on hillsides or roadsides.


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