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9. Scleria laxa R. Brown, Prodr. 240. 1810.

疏松珍珠茅 shu song zhen zhu mao

Scleria trisulcata G. P. Li.

Annuals. Roots fibrous. Rhizomes short or not well developed, thick. Culms tufted, 20-40 cm tall, slender, 3-angled, smooth, glabrous, apically often nodding. Leaves cauline; sheaths at culm base glabrous, barely winged, bladeless or with a short blade; sheaths at middle and apical part of culm narrowly winged, villous and more densely so near contraligules; contraligule semicircular, apex obtuse; leaf blade linear, 3.5-5.5 mm wide but apically attenuate, papery, both surfaces hairy or only on 2 lateral veins of abaxial surface, margins scabrous, apex slightly obtuse to acute. Involucral bracts leaflike, sheathing, opening of sheath with dense brown pubescence; bractlets setaceous, as long as or slightly longer than spikelet. Inflorescences paniculate, with 2-4 branches; branches 1.2-3 cm, distant, with few spikelets. Spikelets narrowly ovoid, 4-5 mm, mostly unisexual; female spikelets with 4 or 5 glumes and 1 female flower; male spikelets with 7-9 or more glumes. Glumes deeply straw-colored to brownish purplish, ovate to lanceolate, keeled, apex acute and apiculate. Male flowers: stamens 2 or 3. Female flowers: ovary subspherical, glabrous. Disk yellowish white, 1/4-1/3 height of nutlet, slightly 3-lobed; lobes ovoid-triangular to subglobose, margin reflexed, apex truncate. Nutlet subspherical to obovoid-spherical, 2.8-3 × 1.8-2 mm, trisulcate, pitted with irregular longitudinally elongate lacunae (i.e., trabeculate), glabrous, apex with a yellowish white tip. Fl. and fr. Aug-Oct.

Grassy swamps; near sea level. Fujian (Zhao’an), Guangdong, Hainan [Papua New Guinea, Philippines; N Australia].


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