1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Chusquea Kunth
      1. Chusquea diversiglumis (Soderstr.) L.G.Clark

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Venezuela to N. Brazil.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms erect; 100 cm long. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths longer than adjacent culm internode. Leaf-sheath oral hairs ciliate; 5 mm long. Leaf-sheath auricles erect. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a false petiole. Leaf-blades persistent; lanceolate; 25-50 cm long; 20-35 mm wide; coriaceous. Leaf-blade surface pubescent; hairy abaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; pyramidal; 15-34 cm long; 2-4 cm wide; contracted about primary branches. Primary panicle branches ascending; 1 -nate; 2-4 cm long; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Panicle axis pilose. Panicle branches with prominent pulvini. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 1 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 5-5.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 5-5.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 1.7-1.9 mm long; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume inner surface pubescent. Lower glume apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 0.5 mm long. Upper glume ovate; 1.6-2.2 mm long; coriaceous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume inner surface pubescent. Upper glume apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 0.5 mm long.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea; attached to and deciduous with the fertile. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; 3.8 mm long; coriaceous; 4 -veined; ciliate on margins; awned. Awn of lower sterile floret 0.5 mm long. Lemma of upper sterile floret ovate; 4.4 mm long; ciliolate on margins; awned. Awn of upper sterile floret 0.5-0.6 mm long. Fertile lemma ovate; 5 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma lateral veins transversely connected at apex. Lemma margins ciliate; hairy above. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 0.5 mm long overall. Palea lanceolate; 3.7 mm long; coriaceous; 2 -veined; without keels.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3; 1 mm long; veined; ciliate. Anthers 3; 1.7-1.8 mm long. Stigmas 2. Ovary glabrous.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    South America: northern South America and Brazil.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. Soderstrom 1996.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Brazil North, Venezuela

    Chusquea diversiglumis (Soderstr.) L.G.Clark appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Syst. Bot. 34: 680 (2009)

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Forzza, R.C. & al. (2013). Lista de Espécies da Flora do Brasil http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2010/.
    • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.

    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 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