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This species is accepted, and its native range is Canary Islands, NW. Africa.

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Morphology General Habit
Annual; caespitose. Culms geniculately ascending, or decumbent; 1-25 cm long. Leaf-sheaths loose, or inflated. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1-3 mm long; entire, or lacerate. Leaf-blades 1-5 cm long; 1-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous. Leaf-blade apex obtuse; apiculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle; aerial. Panicle capitate; globose; 0.5-1.5 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Sterile
Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 1-2 in number; barren; ovate; 4 mm long; smaller than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 7-10 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 1-2 in number; barren; ovate; 4 mm long; smaller than fertile. Basal sterile spikelet glumes membranous.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 7-10 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 4 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; scarious; much thinner on margins; without keels; 5 -veined. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume ovate; 4 mm long; 0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; scarious; with hyaline margins; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse, or acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; 4.5 mm long; chartaceous; much thinner on margins; without keel; 5-9 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent; with capitate hairs. Lemma apex emarginate; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; 0.5-1 mm long overall. Palea 0.9 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3; 2.5-4 mm long. Ovary beaked.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong; plano-convex; 1.3-1.4 mm long; apex rostrate. Embryo 0.4 length of caryopsis; projecting below grain. Hilum punctiform.
Distribution
Africa: north and Macaronesia.
Reference
Poeae. WDC.
Diagnostic
Beak shorter than ovary.

Native to:

Algeria, Canary Is., Morocco

Ammochloa pungens (Schreb.) Boiss. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Diagn. Pl. Orient. 13: 52 (1854)

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.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.

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 2021. 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 2021. 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