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This species is accepted, and its native range is India.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Butt sheaths pilose; persistent and investing base of culm. Culms erect; 20-35 cm long. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a ciliolate membrane; 1 mm long. Leaf-blades 3-6 cm long; 2.5-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pilose; hairy adaxially; with tubercle-based hairs. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Synflorescence simple. Inflorescence composed of racemes; terminal; subtended by a spatheole; exserted. Spatheole linear; 1-2 cm long; without tubercles; glabrous. Peduncle 5 cm long. Racemes 1; single; oblong; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 2 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis fragile at the nodes. Rhachis internodes linear. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels oblong; 0.5 mm long.
Sterile
Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 4 in number; forming an involucre about the fertile; with normal internodes; subsessile; male; elliptic; 11-15 mm long; larger than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes smooth; glabrous; lower glume muticous; lemmas awnless. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; elliptic; 10 mm long; longer than fertile; separately deciduous. Companion sterile spikelet callus linear; 2 mm long. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; smooth; glabrous; ciliate on margins; acute. 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 oblong; subterete; 7.5-8 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus cuneate; curved; 2 mm long; bearded; base pungent; attached obliquely. Spikelet callus hairs red. Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 4 in number; forming an involucre about the fertile; with normal internodes; subsessile; male; elliptic; 11-15 mm long; larger than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes smooth; glabrous; lower glume muticous; lemmas awnless. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; elliptic; 10 mm long; longer than fertile; separately deciduous. Companion sterile spikelet callus linear; 2 mm long. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; smooth; glabrous; ciliate on margins; acute. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 2; enclosed by glumes.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; subterete; 7.5-8 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus cuneate; curved; 2 mm long; bearded; base pungent; attached obliquely. Spikelet callus hairs red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; light brown; without keels. Lower glume surface asperulous; pubescent. Lower glume hairs red. Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 4 mm long; hyaline. Fertile florets female. Fertile lemma linear; hyaline; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex entire; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn apical; geniculate; 30 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn 20 mm long; puberulous. Palea absent or minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3; 3.5-4 mm long.
Distribution
Asia-tropical: India.
Reference
Andropogoneae. Bor 1993.

Native to:

India

Themeda saxicola Bor appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1951 Mooney, H.F. [4241], India K000245985 holotype
Jan 1, 1951 Mooney, H.F. [4241], India K000911696

First published in Kew Bull. 6: 452 (1951 publ. 1952)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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

  • Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.

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