1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Fingerhuthia Lehm.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula, E. Afghanistan to W. Pakistan.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes absent (1), or elongated (1). Culms 12-58-110 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades stiff.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 4-5.125-6 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus base obtuse.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 4-5.125-6 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus base obtuse.
    Glume
    Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate; awned. Upper glume lanceolate; 0.8-0.85-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein ciliolate (1), or ciliate (1). Upper glume apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate (1), or oblong; membranous; much thinner above; keeled; 5 -veined, or 6-7 -veined (1). Lemma midvein without distinctive roughness (1), or scaberulous (1). Lemma lateral veins with distinct primaries but obscure intermediates (1/1). Lemma margins eciliate (1), or ciliate (1), or pubescent (1). Lemma apex obtuse (1), or acuminate (1); awned; 1 -awned. Palea 1 length of lemma. Apical sterile florets 1-3 in number; male, or barren; oblong. Apical sterile lemmas mucronate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2 (1/1); fleshy (1/1). Anthers 3 (1/1).
    Distribution
    Africa, or Temperate Asia (1), or Tropical Asia (1).
    [FZ]

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

    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a spiciform panicle with sterile spikelets at the base.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets shortly pedicelled, falling entire, strongly laterally compressed, 2–4(5)-flowered, the inferior floret fertile, the succeeding florets smaller and male or barren; glumes subequal, 1-nerved, membranous, mucronate or awned; lemma 3-nerved below, becoming 5–7-nerved in the upper half, firmly membranous, glabrous or pubescent, entire, shortly awned.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis ± ellipsoid, with loose pericarp.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Yemen, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Arizona

    Fingerhuthia Lehm. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Index Seminum (HBG, Hamburgensis) 1834: 7 (1834)

    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 Zambesiaca
    • in Linnaea 10, litt.: 112 (1836).
    • in Lehmann, Del. Sem. Hort. Hamburg. 1834: 7 (1834)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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 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