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This species is accepted, and its native range is Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms erect; 50-120 cm long. Lateral branches lacking. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 3-10 mm long. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 10-30 cm long; 1-4 mm wide; stiff. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; scabrous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate; pungent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 15-20 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 4-5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes pilose; hairy below; with 1 mm long hairs. Floret callus pilose. Floret callus hairs 1.5-2.5 mm long.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 4-5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes pilose; hairy below; with 1 mm long hairs. Floret callus pilose. Floret callus hairs 1.5-2.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; similar to fertile lemma in texture; shiny; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 4-5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume elliptic; 4-5 mm long; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; 3-4 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface asperulous. Lemma apex dentate; 4 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn dorsal; arising 0.25-0.5 way up back of lemma; straight; 2.5-5 mm long overall. Rhachilla extension 1.5-2 mm long; pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3; 1.4 mm long. Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum punctiform.
Distribution
Asia-tropical: Malesia and Papuasia. Pacific: south-central.
Reference
Aveneae. Hooker 1994.

Native to:

Lesser Sunda Is., New Guinea

Introduced into:

Society Is.

Deschampsia klossii Ridl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 1, 2004 Kloss, C.B. [s.n.], New Guinea K000307872 isotype

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1913: 268 (1913)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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

  • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, 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.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0