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This species is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; robust; 500-1000 cm long; 20-30 mm diam. Culm-internodes solid; yellow, or mid-green, or purple. Culm-nodes swollen. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 120-200 cm long; 25-70 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle with branches tipped by a raceme. Panicle open; ovate; dense; 50-90 cm long. Panicle axis glabrous, or puberulous. Panicle branches glabrous, or puberulous. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; subterete. Rhachis internodes filiform; 4-7 mm long. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile and pedicelled; 2 in the cluster; subequal. Pedicels filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 3-3.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous from the base, or with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus bearded; base truncate. Spikelet callus hairs white; 2-3 length of spikelet.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 3-3.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous from the base, or with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus bearded; base truncate. Spikelet callus hairs white; 2-3 length of spikelet.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes similar; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 2-keeled; 2 -veined. Lower glume surface flat. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; hyaline; 0 -veined; without midvein; without lateral veins; acute. Fertile lemma absent. Palea absent or minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; glabrous. Anthers 3.
Distribution
Asia-tropical: Malesia and Papuasia. Pacific: southwestern.
Reference
Andropogoneae. Whalen 2003.

Native to:

New Guinea

Introduced into:

Jawa, Puerto Rico, Sulawesi

Saccharum robustum E.W.Brandes & Jeswiet ex Grassl appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 1, 2010 Brandes, E.W. [152], Papua New Guinea K000943364 isotype
Jul 1, 2010 Brandes, E.W. [152], Papua New Guinea K000943363 isotype

First published in J. Arnold Arbor. 27: 234 (1946)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Sumadijaya, A. (2011). An account of the non-bambusoid alien grasses (Poaceae) in Java, one century after first records by Backer Folia Malaysiana 12: 47-68.
  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Henty, E.E. (1969). A manual of the grasses of New Guinea: 1-215. Division of Botany, Dpt. of Forests, LAE, New Guinea.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Sumadijaya, A. (2011). An account of the non-bambusoid alien grasses (Poaceae) in Java, one century after first records by Backer Folia Malaysiana 12: 47-68.
  • Henty, E.E. (1969). A manual of the grasses of New Guinea: 1-215. Division of Botany, Dpt. of Forests, LAE, New Guinea.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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