1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Littledalea Hemsl.
      1. Littledalea racemosa Keng

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tibet to Qinghai and S. Central China.

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    Habit
    Perennial; culms solitary. Culms erect; 27-35 cm long; 2 mm diam.; 3 -noded. Leaf-sheaths open for most of their length; 9.5-11 cm long; longer than adjacent culm internode; glabrous on surface, or puberulous. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 2-2.5 mm long. Leaf-blades involute; 5-7 cm long; 2.5-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface puberulous; hairy adaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 5-12 fertile spikelets. Panicle open; oblong, or ovate; 8-11 cm long. Primary panicle branches indistinct the panicle almost racemose. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; flexuous; 20-40 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 7-9 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 20-25 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 2.5 mm long; smooth.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 7-9 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 20-25 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 2.5 mm long; smooth.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 8-9 mm long; 0.66 length of upper glume; scarious; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 12-15 mm long; 1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 20-23 mm long; 4 mm wide; scarious; much thinner on margins; purple; keeled; 7 -veined. Lemma apex emarginate to obtuse. Palea 0.66 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels scabrous; adorned above. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 6 mm long. Ovary with a fleshy appendage above style insertion; pubescent on apex.
    Distribution
    Asia-temperate: China.
    Reference
    Bromeae. Keng.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    China South-Central, Qinghai, Tibet

    Littledalea racemosa Keng appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Fang, W.P. [4096], Sichuan K000913510 Unknown type material

    First published in Contr. Biol. Lab. Sci. Soc. China, Bot. Ser. 9: 136 (1934)

    Accepted by

    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0