1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Chusquea Kunth
      1. Chusquea tovarii L.G.Clark

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ecuador to NW. Peru.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms erect; reed-like; 100-400 cm long; woody. Culm-internodes terete; solid. Lateral branches lacking. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 90-250 cm long; 45-70 mm wide; coriaceous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; lanceolate, or ovate; 60-90 cm long; 7-20 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 4-35 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 4-5 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 lanceolate; laterally compressed; 4-5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 2-4 mm long; 0.9-1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume ovate; 2.5-4 mm long; 0.6-0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; without keels. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea; attached to and deciduous with the fertile. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 2.5-3.5 mm long; 0.6-0.7 length of fertile lemma; coriaceous; acute. Lemma of upper sterile floret ovate; 2.5-4 mm long; acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 4-5 mm long; coriaceous; without keel. Lemma apex acute.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3. Anthers 3; 2 mm long. Stigmas 2.
    Distribution
    South America: western South America.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. Pilger 2012.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ecuador, Peru

    Chusquea tovarii L.G.Clark appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Syst. Bot. 34: 682 (2009)

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Jørgensen, P.M. & León-Yánez, S. (eds.) (1999). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75: i-viii, 1-1181.

    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