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Taiwan Gramineae | Family List | Poaceae | Centotheca

Centotheca lappacea (L.) Desv., Nouv. Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris. 2: 189. 1810; Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 390. 1978; Koyama, Grass. Jap. Neighb. Reg. 229. 1987.


  • Centotheca lappacea subsp. inermis (Rendle) T. Koyama
  • Centotheca lappacea var. inermis Rendle
  • Centotheca malabarica var. inermis (Rendle) Honda

    Loosely tufted perennial with short knotty rhizome. Culms erect 30-100 tall, clothed at base with few cataphlls. Blades lance-elliptic, 4-15 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, apex attenuate, base petiole-like, tessellate veined; ligule 1.5 mm long, apex rounded; sheath margin ciliate. Panicle large, 20 cm long; pedicels hispid. Spikelets 3-7-flowered, 4-8 mm long; glumes subcoriaceous, elliptic, apex cuspidate, weakly (3)-5-nerved; lowes floret 4 mm long; lemmas 3.5-4 mm long, subcoriaceous, 7-nerved, apex cuspidate; palea 2.8 mm long, 2-keeled, apex acute, hispid on the upper part of keel; upper lemmas slightly smaller than the lowest, glandular hairy along the upper margin, the hairs retrorsely hispid when mature. Caryopsis 1 mm long.

    TAINAN: San-chiao-lan-shan, Kuoh . KAOHSIUNG: Suba-lohan-shan, Kuoh PINGTUNG: Bankinsing, Henry 417 (holotype of Centotheca lappacea var. inermis Rendle , K). TAITUNG: Orchid Island, Landou, Moo 2389.

    tropical Africa, India, Indo-China, Malaysia, Polynesia, and southeastern China.


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