1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Whiteochloa C.E.Hubb.
      1. Whiteochloa capillipes (Benth.) Lazarides

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Lesser Sunda Islands to NW. & N. Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual, or perennial; short-lived; caespitose. Rootstock evident. Rhizomes absent, or short. Butt sheaths pubescent, or pilose. Culms 60-105 cm long; 4-6 -noded; without nodal roots, or rooting from lower nodes. Culm-nodes constricted; purple; glabrous. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface, or pilose, or hirsute; with simple hairs, or tubercle-based hairs; outer margin glabrous, or hairy. Ligule a ciliolate membrane; 0.25 mm long. Leaf-blades 10-25 cm long; 3-7 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; glabrous, or pilose, or hirsute. Leaf-blade margins cartilaginous; scabrous; glabrous, or tuberculate-ciliate; hairy at base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle glabrous, or pilose above, or hirsute above. Panicle open; ovate; 16-25 cm long; 5-6 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 7-14 cm long. Panicle axis glabrous, or pilose. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 6-15 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 2.25-3 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret. Rhachilla elongation slender.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 2.25-3 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret. Rhachilla elongation slender.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 mm long; 0.3-0.3 length of spikelet; membranous; 1-keeled; 3-5 -veined. Lower glume primary vein smooth, or scaberulous. Lower glume margins eciliate, or ciliolate. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; keel-less except near apex; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume primary vein smooth, or scaberulous. Upper glume lateral veins ribbed. Upper glume margins eciliate, or ciliolate. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume; ovate; 1 length of spikelet; scarious; fenestrate (at base); 5 -veined; sulcate; smooth, or scaberulous; rough at apex; acute. Fertile lemma elliptic; dorsally compressed; 1.75-2 mm long; indurate; without keel. Lemma surface granulose. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex apiculate. Palea indurate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 1-1.5 mm long. Embryo 0.5 length of caryopsis.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Papuasia. Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Paniceae. Lazarides 1993.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Lesser Sunda Is., Maluku, New Guinea, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

    Whiteochloa capillipes (Benth.) Lazarides appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schultz, F. [806], Northern Territory K000215150 lectotype
    s.coll. [148], Australia K000885805
    Hulls, A.C. [s.n.], Australia K000885806
    Hull, A.C. [s.n.], Australia K000885807 Unknown type material

    First published in Brunonia 1: 79 (1978)

    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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2014- continuously updated). Atlas of Living Australia http://www.ala.org.au/.

    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