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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Butt sheaths persistent and investing base of culm; with fibrous dead sheaths. Culms 30-60 cm long. Leaf-sheaths pubescent, or pilose. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades 8-20 cm long; 2-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; lanceolate; 10-20 cm long. Primary panicle branches simple. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 1 length of fertile spikelet; smooth, or scaberulous; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 25-50 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Fertile
Spikelets with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 25-50 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 7-9 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume surface pubescent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 10-13 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma elliptic; 10-15 mm long; chartaceous; purple; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 3-6 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3; 5-7 mm long. Ovary with a fleshy appendage above style insertion; pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; hairy at apex; apex fleshy. Hilum linear.
Distribution
Africa: south.
Reference
Bromeae. Gr S Afr 1993.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces

Bromus speciosus Nees appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Afr. Austral. Ill.: 454 (1841)

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

  • (2009- continuously updated). African flowering plants database, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Villle de Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria version 3.1 http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/.

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 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