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Pennisetum sichuanense S. L. Chen et Y. X. Jin


Description from Flora of China

Perennial, rhizomatous. Culms tufted, erect, 40–60 cm tall. Leaf sheaths loose, usually shorter than internodes, hispidulous throughout, pilose at mouth; leaf blades linear, 3–12 × 0.2–0.5 cm, both surfaces papillose-pilose when young; ligule 1.5–2 mm. Inflorescence narrowly linear, dense, erect or slightly curved, 5–12 × 0.6–1 cm; axis pubescent; involucre enclosing one spikelet; bristles glaucous, sparse, 0.3–0.5 cm, usually shorter than spikelet. Spikelet ovate-lanceolate, 4–6 mm; lower glume ovate, membranous, 1/3–1/2 as long as spikelet, 0–3-veined, acute; upper glume thickly membranous, slightly shorter than spikelet, 3–5-veined, acute or acuminate; lower floret usually staminate, lemma as long as spikelet, thickly membranous; upper lemma slightly shorter than spikelet, papery, acute; anthers without hairs at tip. Fl. and fr. Aug–Nov.

This species is close to Pennisetum flaccidum.

* Mountainsides, stream banks; 2000–3000 m. Sichuan, Yunnan.


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