1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Racemobambos Holttum
      1. Racemobambos novohibernica S.Dransf.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Bismarck Archipelago (New Ireland).

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    Habit
    Perennial. Culms 600-800 cm long; 5-11 mm diam.; woody. Culm-internodes terete; thin-walled; 15-20 cm long; yellow, or light green. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement many. Leaves cauline. Leaf-sheaths pubescent. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades linear; 4-10 cm long; 3.5-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 6-11 fertile spikelets; bracteate at pedicel base. Panicle open; linear; 4-6 cm long; bearing few spikelets. Panicle axis glabrous, or pubescent. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear, or oblong; laterally compressed; 12-30 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear, or oblong; laterally compressed; 12-30 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes several; 3 empty glumes; persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 2.5 mm long; 1-keeled. Lower glume primary vein scabrous. Lower glume apex acuminate, or attenuate. Upper glume ovate; 7 mm long; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 10 mm long; chartaceous; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma surface glabrous to pubescent. Lemma margins ciliolate; hairy above. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea 6.5 mm long; 5-7 -veined. Palea surface pubescent; hairy above. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3. Anthers 6. Stigmas 3. Ovary umbonate; pubescent on apex.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Papuasia.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. Dransfield 1996.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Bismarck Archipelago

    Racemobambos novohibernica S.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sands, M.J.S. [2358], Papua New Guinea K000290752 isotype
    Sands, M.J.S. [2358], Papua New Guinea K000290751 isotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 37: 676 (1983)

    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.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. 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