Dendrocalamus sericeus Munro

Dendrocalamus sericeus Munro , Dendrocalamus sericeus var. latifolius A. Camus

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Culm Sheath Color : striate, long-ciliate on theedges, covered with stiff bristles and swollen bases; imperfect blade short, triangular, acute.

Length of Leaf : 12-35 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 1.5-2.5 cm

Shape of Leaf : lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : Bihar(Chota nagpur)

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : large panicle with stout branches bearing distant globular heads3.5-5 cm apart and supported by glabrous or sparsely hairy triangular bracts. Spikelets spinescent, acute, densely silky,hairy, the fertile intermixed with many small sterile ones, 0.7-1 cm long, with 2-3-fertile flowers; glumes 2, blunt, manynerved,densely silky on the edges and upper part outside, glabrous within; lemma ovate-acute, or ending in long sharpspines and bearded with silky hairs below; paleas acute or emarginate, lower flower 2-keeled and glabrous, uppermostflower not keeled and silky hairy at the apex. Stamensapparently little exserted; anthers yellow, bluntlyapiculate and sometimes minutely penicillate. Ovarynarrowly ovoid, gradually passing into a long hairy styleending in a purple plumose stigma.

Flowering Reported : Manipur (1987-88)

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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