1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Alloeochaete C.E.Hubb.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tanzania, S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Gramineae, T. Cope. Flora Zambesiaca 10:2. 1999

    Habit
    Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets (4)5–10-flowered; glumes unequal, shorter than the lowermost lemma, acute, acuminate or 2-lobed and shortly awned; lowermost floret male or with a rudimentary or rarely a perfect ovary, persisting on the panicle with the glumes, the lemma resembling the superior glume or deeply 2-lobed with aristate lobes and awned from the sinus; floret callus oblong; fertile lemmas dorsally rounded, 5-nerved, glabrous or pilose above, with a tuft of hairs on each margin below, 2-lobed at the apex, the lobes aristate, with a geniculate awn in the sinus; palea about as long as the body of the lemma, the keels narrowly winged, ciliolate.
    [GB]

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes absent (4), or short (2). Culms erect (3/3); robust (1/1); 30-70.5-200 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades persistent (5), or deciduous at the ligule (1); linear, or lanceolate (1). Leaf-blade apex muticous (4), or pungent (2).
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open (4), or contracted (2). Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets (5/5); 3-4 fertile florets (2), or 5-7 fertile florets, or 8 fertile florets (5), or 9 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear (2), or lanceolate (5), or oblong (1); laterally compressed; 6-12.58-26 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus brief (5), or elongated (1); bearded (4/4).
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets (5/5); 3-4 fertile florets (2), or 5-7 fertile florets, or 8 fertile florets (5), or 9 fertile florets (1); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear (2), or lanceolate (5), or oblong (1); laterally compressed; 6-12.58-26 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus brief (5), or elongated (1); bearded (4/4).
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate (2), or elliptic (3), or oblong (1), or ovate (3); 0.7-0.9-1 length of upper glume; membranous (1), or chartaceous (1), or herbaceous (4); 1-keeled; 1-2 -veined (1), or 3 -veined, or 4-5 -veined (2). Lower glume surface glabrous (3), or puberulous (3), or pilose (1). Lower glume apex obtuse (1), or acute (1), or acuminate (5); muticous (3), or awned (4). Upper glume lanceolate (2), or elliptic (3), or oblong (1), or ovate (3); 0.75-0.8792-1.4 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous (1), or chartaceous (1), or herbaceous (4); 1-keeled; 3 -veined (5), or 4 -veined (4), or 5 -veined (5). Upper glume surface glabrous (3), or puberulous (3), or pilose (1). Upper glume apex entire (2), or dentate (4); 2 -fid (3/4), or 3 -fid (1/4); obtuse (1/2), or acute (1/2), or acuminate (1/2); muticous (1), or awned; 1 -awned.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets male (5/5), or barren (1/5); with palea (5/5). Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate (4/5), or elliptic (1/5), or ovate (4/5); membranous (1/5), or herbaceous (4/5); 5 -veined (5/5); awned (5/5). Fertile lemma elliptic; chartaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface glabrous (5), or puberulous (2), or pilose (1); without hair tufts (1), or with marginal hair tufts (5). Lemma apex dentate (2), or lobed (4); 2 -fid; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; curved (1), or geniculate (5). Lateral lemma awns shorter than principal. Palea 0.75-0.915-1 length of lemma. Palea keels eciliate (5), or ciliolate (1). Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2. Anthers 3.
    Distribution
    Africa.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Alloeochaete C.E.Hubb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 35: t. 3418 (1940)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Renvoize & Kabuye in Kew Bull. 30: 569–577 (1975).
    • in Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 35: t. 3418 (1940).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0