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

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Culms geniculately ascending; 40-90 cm long. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 10-20 cm long; 2-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acuminate; filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Synflorescence compound; scanty. Inflorescence composed of racemes; terminal and axillary; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Spatheole linear, or lanceolate; 2.5-3.5 cm long; scarious. Racemes 1; single; cuneate; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 2 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis fragile at the nodes. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels oblong; 1 mm long; tip oblique.
Sterile
Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 4 in number; forming an involucre about the fertile; with normal internodes; subsessile; lanceolate; 10-19 mm long; larger than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes smooth; glabrous; lower glume muticous. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; containing empty lemmas, or male; lanceolate; 10 mm long; longer than fertile; separately deciduous. Companion sterile spikelet callus oblong; 1.5 mm long; truncate. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; attenuate. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 2; enclosed by glumes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; subterete; 7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus cuneate; 2 mm long; pilose; base pungent; attached obliquely. Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 4 in number; forming an involucre about the fertile; with normal internodes; subsessile; lanceolate; 10-19 mm long; larger than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes smooth; glabrous; lower glume muticous. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; containing empty lemmas, or male; lanceolate; 10 mm long; longer than fertile; separately deciduous. Companion sterile spikelet callus oblong; 1.5 mm long; truncate. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; attenuate. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 2; enclosed by glumes.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; subterete; 7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus cuneate; 2 mm long; pilose; base pungent; attached obliquely.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; without keels. Upper glume oblong; coriaceous; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex truncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; hyaline. Fertile lemma linear; hyaline; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex entire; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn apical; geniculate; 20-40 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn hispidulous. Palea absent or minute.
Distribution
Asia-temperate: China. Asia-tropical: India.
Reference
Andropogoneae. WDC 1993.

Native to:

Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet

Themeda hookeri (Griseb.) A.Camus appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1920 Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Sikkim K000245973 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1920 Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Sikkim K000911706 Unknown type material
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Sikkim K000245972 Unknown type material
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Sikkim K000911705
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], India K000911707

First published in Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 26: 425 (1920)

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.
  • Press, J.R. et al. (2000). Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal: i-x, 1-430. Natural History Museum, London.
  • Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Veldkamp, J.F. (2016). A revision of Themeda (Gramineae) in Malesia with a new species from Laos Blumea 61: 29-40.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Press, J.R. et al. (2000). Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal: i-x, 1-430. Natural History Museum, London.

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