1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Bewsia Gooss.

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

    [FTEA]

    Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips And S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

    Habit
    Perennial
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades linear; ligule membranous
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of racemes scattered along a central axis
    Spikelets
    Spikelets slightly laterally compressed, disarticulating above the glumes but not between the florets; glumes persistent, subequal, 1-nerved, acuminate; lemmas exserted from the glumes, membranous, lightly keeled, hairy on the lateral nerves, awned from the back, the callus densely bearded
    Fruits
    Caryopsis terete.
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Inflorescence of racemes scattered along a central axis.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 2–4-flowered with reduced terminal floret, shortly pedicelled, slightly laterally compressed, disarticulating above the glumes but not between the florets; glumes persistent, subequal, 1-nerved, acuminate; lemmas 3-nerved, dorsally lightly keeled, hairy on the lateral nerves, obtuse or emarginate at the apex, shortly awned from the back.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis linear-oblong, terete.
    [GB]

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms erect; 40-90 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes borne along a central axis; unilateral. Rhachis subterete. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; lax. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5.5-9 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Floret callus evident; pilose.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2-4 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5.5-9 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Floret callus evident; pilose.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.9-1 length of upper glume; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 1-1.2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; membranous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein pubescent. Lemma margins pubescent. Lemma apex emarginate, or obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn dorsal. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea surface pubescent. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; linear, or oblong; isodiametric; biconvex.
    Distribution
    Africa.

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    Distribution

    Doubtfully present in:

    Lesotho

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Free State, Ivory Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Bewsia Gooss. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in S. African J. Sci. 37: 183 (1941)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • in S. Afr. J. Sci. 37: 183 (1941).
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in S. African J. Sci. 37: 183 (1941).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in S. Afr. Journ. Sci. 37: 183 (1941)

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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