Symplectrodia Lazarides
  • Nuytsia 5: 273 (1985) 

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes absent (1), or short (1). Culms 75-163.7-300 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades coriaceous; stiff. Leaf-blade apex pungent. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 11-13.5-15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; pubescent; pungent. GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.8-0.85-0.9 length of upper glume; cartilaginous; without keels; 1-2 -veined (1), or 3 -veined, or 4-5 -veined (1). Lower glume apex attenuate, or setaceously attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 1-1.175-1.3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; cartilaginous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume apex attenuate, or setaceously attenuate. FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate; cartilaginous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein eciliate (1), or ciliate. Lemma surface smooth (1), or asperulous (1). Lemma margins eciliate (1), or ciliate. Lemma apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Palea 0.8-0.9-1 length of lemma; cartilaginous; 2 -veined. Palea keels scaberulous. Apical sterile florets 2-3 in number (1), or 4-5 in number; barren; in a clump; lanceolate. Apical sterile lemmas awned. FLOWER Lodicules 2; fleshy. Anthers 3. FRUIT Caryopsis with tardily free pericarp; linear. Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum elliptic. DISTRIBUTION Australasia.


  • 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. [accessed 24 January 2012; 14:30 GMT]
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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