1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Atractantha McClure
      1. Atractantha falcata McClure

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Brazil (Sergipe, Bahia).

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms scandent; woody. Culm-internodes terete. Lateral branches dendroid. Branch complement several; in a horizontal line; with 1 branch dominant; thinner than stem. Leaf-sheaths hispid. Leaf-sheath oral hairs setose. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.2 cm long; petiole pilose. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 5-10.5 cm long; 5-10 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation without cross veins. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or puberulous. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence bractiferous; paniculate; lax; with glumaceous subtending bracts and foliaceous subtending bracts. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 15 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 15 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes both absent or obscure.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; subterete; 15 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea tightly convolute around flower; chartaceous; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate; ciliolate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3; membranous; ciliate. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2. Ovary glabrous.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    South America: Brazil.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. MacClure 1995.
    Diagnostic
    Synflorescence branches curved.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Brazil Northeast

    Atractantha falcata McClure appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 9: 48 (1973)

    Accepted by

    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Forzza, R.C. & al. (2013). Lista de Espécies da Flora do Brasil http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2010/.

    Sources

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

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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 2020. 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