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This species is accepted, and its native range is Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Stolons present. Culms decumbent; 15-30 cm long; 2 mm diam. Culm-internodes scaberulous. Leaf-sheaths striately veined; retrorsely scabrous; glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 3 mm long. Leaf-blades 10-15 cm long; 3-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough abaxially; pilose; sparsely hairy; hairy adaxially.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1; single; flexuous; bilateral; 4-5 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 4-5 fertile spikelets on each. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; lax. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 35 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 35 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes scaberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 6 mm long; 0.66 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 5 -veined. Lower glume surface glabrous. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 9 mm long; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; 12 mm long; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous; glabrous. Lemma apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn apical; 6 mm long overall. Palea oblong; 8 mm long. Palea keels ciliolate. Palea apex emarginate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3. Ovary with a fleshy appendage below style insertion; pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; hairy at apex; apex fleshy. Hilum linear.
Distribution
Africa: western Indian ocean.
Reference
Brachypodieae. Camus 2001.

Native to:

Madagascar

Brachypodium madagascariense A.Camus & H.Perrier appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Perrier de la Bâthie, J.M.H.A. [15380], Madagascar K000367336 Unknown type material

First published in Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 28: 443 (1922)

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.

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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/
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