Neololeba atra (Lindl.) Widjaja

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 5-8m

Diameter : 3-4cm

Culm Color : Green, dark green, yellowish

Internode Length : 40-70cm

Culm Sheath Color : 12-18 cm long, 8-10 cm broad at base, golden brown hairs on back towards base, top truncate; culm sheath ligule dentate, fringed with 5-7 mm long stiff hairs; auricles 1-1.5 cm long, horizontal each side of the blade, with long bristles; blade as long as the sheath, erect, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, base 5 cm broad and rounded.

Length of Leaf : 60cm

Breadth of Leaf : 10cm

Shape of Leaf : ovate lanceolate, linear lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Introduced to : Bogor (Indonesia), Indian Botanic Garden, Calcutta (India), Srilanka and Singapore

Native to : Asia - tropical, Indo - China, Malaysia and Australasia, Australia, Philippines

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : a terminal spike or panicle at the tip of the leafy branchlets bearing clusters of sessile spikelets; rachis rounded, striate. Spikelets ovate-acute, 1- 1.25 cm long, about 5mm broad, much compressed, bearing usually 1-2 basal empty glumes; 10 fertile flowers and a terminal imperfect flower, rachillae short glabrous; empty glumes ovate, long-mucronate; flowering glume similar but longer and white ciliate on the margins; palea a little shorter than the flower; glumes, narrow, 2-keeled; lodicules apparently none. Stamens exerted, filaments often apparently monadelphous but separable; anthers narrow; connective apiculate. Ovary oblong whitish, pubescent; stigmas purple, plumose

Uses: Construction, handicrafts, fish traps

References: Muktesh kumar M.S, 2011

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