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This species is accepted, and its native range is Borneo (Sabah).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms leaning, or scandent; 8-9 mm diam.; woody. Culm-internodes terete; thin-walled; 25 cm long; distally glabrous. Culm-nodes flush with internodes. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement many; with 1 branch dominant. Culm-sheaths deciduous; 17.5 cm long; chartaceous; smooth; glabrous; without auricles; setose on shoulders. Culm-sheath ligule ciliate. Culm-sheath blade lanceolate; deciduous; reflexed. Leaves cauline. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface to pubescent; outer margin hairy. Leaf-sheath oral hairs ciliate. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 6-12 cm long; 4-8 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes; bracteate at pedicel base. Racemes 1; single; paucilateral; 13-25 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 3-7 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis glabrous on surface. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 5-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 30-50 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 5 mm long; glabrous.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 5-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 30-50 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 5 mm long; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes several; 3 empty glumes; persistent; shorter than spikelet.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; 9 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Palea 8-9 mm long. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 3. Anthers 6. Stigmas 3. Ovary umbonate; pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Asia-tropical: Malesia.
Reference
Bambuseae. Bam Sabah 1996.

Native to:

Borneo

Racemobambos hepburnii S.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 1, 1981 Chew, W.L. [4111], Malaysia K000290759 holotype
Lamb, A. [1980], Sabah K000795454
Hepburn, A.J. [S.W.], Sabah K000795455
Dransfield, S. [718], Malaysia 66891.000

First published in Kew Bull. 37: 670 (1983)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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