Schizostachyum griffithii (Munro) R.B. Majumdar

Cephalostachyum griffithii (Munro) Kurz , Teinostachyum griffithii Munro


Height : 7.5- 15m

Diameter : 1.5- 2cm

Internode Length : 45-65 cm

Culm Sheath Color : 15 cm longor more, 4 cm broad, glabrous and shining below, covered with white appressed hairs above, edges ciliate, marginsconvolute. Imperfect blade 7.5-10 cm long, reflexed, ovate-acuminate, rounded at the base with a large rounded auricleon either side, auricles and base of blade bristly; ligule short, pubescent.

Length of Leaf : 15-25 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 1.7-4 cm

Shape of Leaf : oblong-lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : North eastern India, Khasi Hills Assam, Arunachal Pradesh

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : leafy panicle. Spikelets very narrow, 5 mm broad, often pedicelled, minutelypubescent with 3-5 fertile flowers and usually one or more sterile; rachilla smooth, jointed below the flowers; emptyglumes 1 or 2, the second bearing a sterile flower, 7-10 mm long, narrow, striate, ovate mucronate; flowering glume1.2 cm long, ovate acute, mucronate, 9-11-nerved, pubescent; palea longer than flowering glume, 2-keeled, ciliate nearthe tip, 4-nerved on either side, faintly purple, mucronate. Lodicules ovate-lanceolate, concave, equal, glabrous, 7-9-nerved; stamens exserted, filaments narrow. Anthers yellow, blunt or emarginate. Ovary stalked, glabrous, ovate, narrowinginto a long triquetrous beak forming the style; stigmas 2-3, white or purplish.

Uses: Baskets, pipes

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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