Fimbristylis griffithii

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Fimbristylis griffithii


Glabrous annual with fibrous roots. Leaves shorter than to as long as the stems, often falcate, scabrid on the often involute margins, with pale, stramineous lower sheaths, 1-2 mm wide; Inflorescence compound or subdecompound, loose, with many spikelets, 5-8 cm long. Stamens 1(-2);


Andamans present, Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Maluku (Maluku present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present); Thailand (Thailand present), Bengal present, Burma present, Central Sumatra present, Kelantan present, Kendari present, Malacca present, Pahang present, Perak present, Posso Lake present, Tenasserim present, Trengganu present, W. Ceram present, W. Java present, W. New Guinea present
Bengal, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China, Tenasserim and Andamans; in Malesia: Central Sumatra, Malay Peninsula (Perak, Kelantan, Trengganu, Pahang, Malacca, Singapore), W. Java, Borneo, Celebes (Central: Posso Lake; SE. Peninsula: Kendari), Moluccas (W. Ceram), W. New Guinea.


BOECKELER'S type specimen (Bengal, GRIFFITH in B) got lost by war action; his description perfectly matches the species described above (neo- type: GRIFFITH 6331, K).
A collection of this species in the Copenhagen Herbarium (KAMPHOEVENER 2785 from Sambelong) was annotated by BOECKELER "Fimbristylis (Eufimbr.) aestivalis (VAHL) ß glaberrima = F. limosa POEPP. ex KUNTH". I have not seen the S. American F. limosa, which is apparently very close to, but probably not conspeeific with F. griffithii, as , ascribes obovate-pyriform, often ver- ruculose nuts, and purplish leaf-sheaths to it.
Often confounded or united with F. aestivalis, which is, however, a dwarfer, weaker, hairy plant lacking the tubular leaf-sheaths surrounding the base of the stem.


BOECK. 1968 – In: Back. & Bakh.f., Fl. Java 3: 467
KERN 1955 – In: Blumea: 142
Ridl. 1907 – In: Mat. Fl. Mal. Pen. (Monoc.): 92
Clarke 1925 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 155
BOECK. 1961 – In: Reinwardtia: 48