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

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annuals or perennials
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades flat, linear to narrowly lanceolate; ligule membranous
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a loose cylindrical raceme-like panicle upon a slender peduncle, borne in the axils of the upper leaves; rhachis slender, angular, the spikelets shortly pedicellate and borne singly
    Spikelets
    Spikelets lanceolate, dorsally compressed; glumes reduced to small (0.1–0.6 mm.) rotund scales; lower floret represented by an awned (rarely awnless) lemma as long as the spikelet; upper lemma membranous, a little shorter than the spikelet, its thin margins almost meeting at the back, enclosing a narrow palea half as long as the lemma
    Fruits
    Caryopsis oblong, dorsally compressed.
    [GB]

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    Habit
    Annual (3), or perennial (1). Rhizomes absent (3), or short (1). Culms decumbent (3), or rambling (1); weak (1/1); 15-60-180 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence simple, or compound (1). Inflorescence composed of racemes; terminal (3), or terminal and axillary (1). Racemes single; multilateral. Rhachis angular. Spikelet packing abaxial. Spikelets ascending; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear (1/2), or oblong (1/2).
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 2-3.687-5.5 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 2-3.687-5.5 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume orbicular; 0.5-0.75-1 length of upper glume; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate, or obtuse. Upper glume orbicular; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume apex emarginate (1), or truncate, or obtuse.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; membranous; 5 -veined; obtuse (1), or acute (1), or acuminate (3); muticous (1), or awned. Fertile lemma elliptic (3), or ovate (1); membranous; without keel; 5 -veined (1/1). Lemma margins covering most of palea. Lemma apex truncate (1), or obtuse (1), or acute (3); muticous (1), or mucronate. Palea 0.5 length of lemma; hyaline; without keels.
    Distribution
    Africa, or Temperate Asia (1).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen

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

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1929: 30 (1929)

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Hook., Ic. Pl. 7, t. 3647 (1967)
    • in K.B. 1929: 30 (1929)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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