Lepturopetium Morat
  • Adansonia, n.s., 20: 377 (1981) 

Notes: Distribution: Pacific

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Stolons present. Culms decumbent; 30-40-50 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Culm-internodes terete (1), or elliptical in section (1). Ligule a ciliolate membrane (1), or a ciliate membrane (1). Leaf-blade midrib evident. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single, or paired, or digitate; unilateral; bearing 10-16 fertile spikelets on each (1/1). Rhachis angular. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; 2 -rowed. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 3-4.25-6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus pubescent. GLUMES Glumes persistent; reaching apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.33-0.4975-0.66 length of upper glume; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface smooth (1), or scabrous (1). Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins ribbed. Upper glume apex acuminate; muticous (1), or awned (1); 1 -awned (1/1). FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; laterally compressed; cartilaginous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface smooth (1), or scabrous (1). Lemma margins eciliate (1), or ciliate (1). Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus. Palea cartilaginous; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; linear (1), or lanceolate (1). Apical sterile lemmas muticous (1), or awned (1). FLOWER Anthers 3 (1/1). DISTRIBUTION Pacific.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Pacific Northwestern Pacific Marianas
  • Marshall Is.
  • South-Central Pacific Cook Is.
  • Southwestern Pacific New Caledonia


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 Information From

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db.html. [accessed 24 January 2012; 14:30 GMT]
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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