Fimbristylis sericea

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Fimbristylis sericea


Perennial with thick, woody, horizontally long- creeping or ascending, sinuous, often branched rhizome densely clothed with the remains of old leaf-sheaths. Inflorescence simple or compound, loose, 5-10 cm long. Stamens (2-)3;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sarawak present); India present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Thailand (Thailand present), Banka present, Japan present, Johore present, Kelantan present, Malesia restricted to the Western part present, N. Australia present, S. China present, Southern America: Argentina Northeast (Formosa present), especially along the south coast present, north coast present
India (rare), Thailand, Indo-China, S. China, Japan, Formosa, N. Australia; in Malesia restricted to the Western part: Malay Peninsula (along the east coast from Johore to Kelantan), Banka, Java (especially along the south coast), Madura (north coast), Borneo (Sarawak).


The Australian plants are generally but not always tristigmatic (see R. BROWN.l.c., and BENTHAM, l.c.). In the Asian plants distigmatic flowers by far prevail.
The rhizome when bruised smells of varnish.


CAMUS 1912 – In: Fl. Gén. I.-C.: 111
Benth. 1878 – In: Fl. Austr.: 319
KUNTH 1837 – In: En.: 244
BOECK. 1871 – In: Linnaea: 22
BACK. 1919: p. 9. – In: Trop. Nat.: f. 16
Koord. 1911 – In: Exk. Fl. Java: 198
KERN 1968 – In: Back. & Bakh.f., Fl. Java 3: 466
BACK. 1949 – In: Bekn. Fl. Java, (em. ed.): fam. 246. p. 21
Ridl. 1907 – In: Mat. Fl. Mal. Pen. (Monoc.): 94
R.BR. 1922 – In: Exk. Fl. Java: f. 252
KUNTH 1837 – In: En.: 240
STEUD. 1855 – In: Syn.: 121
Ridl. 1925 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 157
KOYAMA 1961 – In: J. Fac. Sc. Un. Tokyo: 106
Clarke 1893 – In: Fl. Br. Ind.: 641