1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Sphaerobambos S.Dransf.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is N. Borneo to Sulawesi.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms leaning, or scandent; 40-540-1300 cm long; woody. Culm-internodes terete. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement several (2), or many (1); with 1 branch dominant (2/2). Culm-sheaths auriculate (2/2). Culm-sheath blade lanceolate (1/2), or narrowly ovate (1/2), or ovate (1/2). Leaf-sheath auricles absent (2), or falcate (1). Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence bractiferous; clustered at the nodes; in stellate clusters (1), or untidy tufts (2); with glumaceous subtending bracts; with axillary buds at base of spikelet; leafy between clusters (1), or leafless between clusters (1), or leafless between branches (2). Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets (1), or 5 fertile florets (2); with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong (1), or ovate (2); laterally compressed; 6-12.48-18 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 3-4 fertile florets (1), or 5 fertile florets (2); with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong (1), or ovate (2); laterally compressed; 6-12.48-18 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes two (2), or several (1); persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 0.7-0.75-0.8 length of upper glume; chartaceous; without keels; 3 -veined (1/1). Lower glume surface glabrous (2), or pubescent (1). Lower glume apex obtuse (1), or acute (2). Upper glume ovate; chartaceous (2/2). Upper glume surface glabrous (2), or pubescent (1). Upper glume apex acute (2/2).
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; chartaceous; without keel; 3 -veined (1), or 5-7 -veined (1), or 9 -veined (1). Lemma margins eciliate (2), or ciliate (1). Lemma apex obtuse (1), or acute (2). Palea 6 -veined (1/2), or 8 -veined (1/2). Palea keels wingless (1), or winged (2); eciliate (1), or ciliolate (2). Palea surface pubescent (2), or pilose (1).
    Flowers
    Lodicules absent. Anthers 6. Stigmas 3. Ovary unappendaged (2), or umbonate (1); glabrous (1/1).
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp (1/1); orbicular (1/1); isodiametric (1/1).
    Distribution
    Tropical Asia.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi

    Sphaerobambos S.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 44: 428 (1989)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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