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Taiwan Gramineae | Family List | Poaceae | Pogonatherum

Pogonatherum paniceum {Lam.} Hack., Allg. Bot. Zeit. 12: 178. 1906. Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 683. 1978.


Saccharum paniceum Lam., Encycl. 1: 595. pl. 40. f. 1. 1783. Pogonatherum saccharoideum Beauv., Ess. Agrost. 176. p1. 11. f. 7. 1812. Culm stout, tufted, 3-8-noded, nodes bearded. Ligule about 0.4 mm long, ciliate. Inflorescence a single raceme, about 2.5 cm long; rachis-joint ciliate, about 1/2 as long as the spikelet. Spikelets paired, dimorphic, pedicellate spikelet 1/2 the length of the sessile one, both with 2 long awns; sessile spikelet oblong, about 2.5-3 mm long. Glumes papery, the lower truncate, fimbriate, about 2.5 mm long, 5-nerved, awnless, the upper with a long awn, deltoid-lanceolate, upper margins fimbriate; lower lemma membranous, oblong, minutely 2-toothed, nerveless; upper lemma membranous, 2-cleft, with a long awn arising from the sinus; upper palea membranous, margins folded, truncate and fimbriate, as long as the lemma or slightly longer.

NANTOU: Wushe. Hsu & Kuoh 11339. TAINAN: Hsinhua, Hsu & Kuoh 13654, Hsu 720; Kuangtzeling, DeVo1 9090.

Distributed in India, Burma and Ceylon and grows in rather hotter and lower situations than Pogonatherum crinitum. Also found in Vietnam, Malaysia an extending to Australia.

This species is much rarer in Taiwan. Often it is found in tufts on rocky banks.


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