Themeda caudata (Nees) A. Camus, Lecomte, Fl. Gen. de 1‘Indo-Chine. 7: 364. 1922. Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 703. 1978; Koyama, Grass. Jap. Neighb. Reg. 450. 1987.
Themeda caudate (Nees) A. Camus var. matsudai Honda, Bot. Mag. Tokyo, 40: 108. 1926; Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 703. 1978.
Culm tall, up to 1 m high, about 1 cm in diameter, hard, shiny. Blade about 5 mm wide; ligule truncate, about 1 mm long, ciliate on the back and upper margin. Spikelets several in compound false panicle, interrupted by involucres; racemes subtended by 2 pairs of empty spikelets at base. Upper spikelet shortly pedicelled, awnless. Lower spikelet about 10 mm long, slightly shorter than the upper. Glumes coriaceous, densely covered with golden hairs on back; the lower lanceolate, about 8 mm long, 12-nerved, tessellate-nerved; the upper linear, as long as the spikelet, margins inrolled and glabrous; lower lemma lanceolate, margins fimbriate; upper lemma becoming a long awn of about 4.5 cm long; palea oblong, 2-nerved, about 2 mm long.
TAIPEI: Tanshui Suzuki 246. PINGTUNG: Tashulin, Yamamoto s. n. Jan 6, 1931 .Kueihuamen leg. s. n. Oct. 22, 1937. Buizan, Matuda H3S7.TAITUNG: Sasaki s. n. Oct. 16, 1933.
Distributed in India, Burma, Vietnam to China.
This is a tall reed-like grass growing on the hillsides.