Schizostachyum latifolium Gamble

Ochlandra ridleyi Gamble , Schizostachyum ridleyi (Gamble) Holttum

Habit

Height : 2-3m

Culm Color : Dark green

Culm Sheath Color : thin, papyraceous,15-22 cm long and 5-7.5 cm broad, straw coloured, not attenuate but rounded at the top into a concave sinus furnishedwith two small, triangular, erect auricles; imperfect blade 10-12.5 mm long and 8-12 mm broad, acuminate-subulate,somewhat attenuate at the base, ligule broad.

Length of Leaf : 25-40 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 2.5-10 cm

Shape of Leaf : ovate-lanceolate

Altitude : 1000m

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : Arunachal Pradesh, North Bengal, Sikkim, Manipur, Bhutan

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : composed of groups of spikelets in globular heads, 5 cm diameter at the tips of leafy branches, some spikelets sterile,some fertile, seated in the axis of broad keeled bracts. Spikelets 1-flowered, acuminate, 12-20 mm long, aristate. Glume14 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, long aristate, glabrous except on the keel, striate; lemmas lanceolate-acuminate, with ashort arista and anastomosing nerves; palea membranous tesellately nerved, rounded at the summit, convolute. Lodiculesovate-lanceolate or spathulate, ciliate, 3-nerved, pubescent. Stamens exserted; filaments long; anthers mucronate at apex. Ovary ovoid, attenuatein to a long, flattened style;stigmas 2, plumose.

Flowering Reported : Blatter (1929), (1835,1879,), Bhutan (1882), Manipur, Dransfield (1995)

Uses: Baskets, containers, pipes

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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