Sacciolepis myosuroides (R.Br.)
Sacciolepis Nash, in N.L.Britton, Man. Fl. N. States 89 (1901). From the Greek sakkion (a small bag) and lepis (scale), alluding to the saccate upper glume.
myosuroides- resembling Myosurus.
Lecompte, Fl. Gen. Indo-Chine 7: 460 (1922).
Annual, tufted. Culms geniculately ascending or decumbent, 1590 cm tall. Mid-culm nodes brown. Leaf-sheaths 5.510 cm long, glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringed membrane, 0.31 mm long. Leaf-blades 330 cm long, 1.24.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous.
Inflorescence solid, a panicle. Panicle spiciform, linear, 212 cm long, 0.30.5 cm wide. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis, with lateral stumps on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs.
Spikelets solitary. Pedicels scabrous. Fertile spikelets 2-flowered, comprising 1 fertile floret, lower floret sterile or male, upper fertile, without rhachilla extension, elliptic or ovate, laterally compressed, gibbous, obtuse, 1.11.9 mm long, 0.550.7 mm wide, falling entire.
Glumes thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate, clasping, 0.61 mm long, 50% of length of spikelet, membranous, 35-nerved. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic, gibbous, 1.11.5 mm long, 150% of length of adjacent fertile lemma, 100% of length of spikelet, membranous, with hyaline margins, 79-nerved. Upper glume lateral nerves ribbed. Upper glume surface glabrous. Upper glume apex obtuse.
Basal sterile floret 1, with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume, elliptic, 1.11.5 mm long, 100% of length of spikelet, membranous, 7-nerved, ribbed, glabrous, obtuse. Fertile lemma elliptic, dorsally compressed, 11.3 mm long, coriaceous, glossy, 5-nerved. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex acute. Palea involute, coriaceous. Anthers 3, 0.6 mm long.
Temperate Asia, Tropical Asia, Australasia.
Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland.
Western Australia: Gardner, Fitzgerald. Northern Territory: Darwin & Gulf, Victoria River, Barkly Tableland. Queensland: Burke, Cook, North Kennedy.
Native to the tropics of Asia and Australia. In tropical and subtropical rain forests, tropical and subtropical sub-humid woodlands, and coastal grasslands. Commonly found in wet areas. Flowers Apr.Sept.
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