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Eremochloa zeylanica Hack.


Description from Flora of China

Ischaemum zeylanicum Hackel ex Trimen, Syst. Cat. Pl. Ceylon 107. 1885.

Perennial, tufted. Culms erect, slender, branching, 20–60 cm tall. Leaves mostly basal, slightly overlapping; leaf sheaths glabrous, keeled; leaf blades flat or folded, (1–)3–10 × 0.1–0.5 cm, glabrous, apex rounded, cuspidate; ligule 0.3–0.6 mm, ciliolate or glabrous. Raceme erect or curved, 3–6 cm; rachis internodes clavate, 2–3 mm; nodes minutely hairy, hairs ca. 0.1 mm. Sessile spikelet 4–5 mm; lower glume elliptic-ovate, papery, glabrous, inconspicuously veined, marginal spines terete, equaling or much longer than glume width, 1.5–2.5 mm, apex acute, flanked by narrow wings. Pedicelled spikelet a very small rudiment; pedicel subulate.

A few specimens from China have the long spikelet spines of this species, which is otherwise known only from Sri Lanka.

Herbage of hill slopes; 800–1500 m. W Guangxi, SE Yunnan [Sri Lanka].


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