1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Coelachne R.Br.
      1. Coelachne friesiorum C.E.Hubb.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya (Aberdares).

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; mat forming. Culms prostrate; 2.5-5 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 0.4-1 cm long; 0.5-3.5 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 3-15 fertile spikelets. Panicle contracted; linear; 0.6-3 cm long; bearing few spikelets. Primary panicle branches appressed; simple; 0.4-0.8 cm long; bearing 1-3 fertile spikelets on each lower branch; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 0.6-0.8 mm long.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes 0.6-0.8 mm long.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0.8 length of upper glume; 0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume elliptic; 0.6-0.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile florets with the lowest dissimilar. Lowest fertile lemma elliptic; 1.1 length of adjacent lemma; firmer than adjacent lemma. Fertile lemma elliptic; 2-2.2 mm long; membranous; without keel; 0-3 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea surface pubescent.
    Flowers
    Anthers 2; 1 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ovoid. Embryo 0.3 length of caryopsis. Hilum punctiform.
    Distribution
    Africa: east tropical.
    Reference
    Isachneae. FTEA.
    [FTEA]

    Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips & S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

    Habit
    Perennial.
    Culms
    Culms 2.5–5 cm. high, ascending from a creeping base.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades lanceolate, 0.4–1 cm. long, up to 3.5 mm. wide, flat.
    Inflorescences
    Panicles contracted, 0.6–3 cm. long, few-spiculate.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets oblong, 3 mm. long, purplish; glumes broadly ovate-oblong to broadly elliptic-oblong, glabrous; lower lemma broadly elliptic, 2.2–2.5 mm. long, glabrous except for a few hairs at the base; upper lemma ovate-elliptic to elliptic, 2–2.2 mm. long, pubescent; anthers 2, 1 mm. long.
    Habitat
    Wet places; 3000 m.
    Distribution
    endemic on the Aberdares K3

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    Distribution

    Coelachne friesiorum C.E.Hubb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1934 Fries, R.E. [2407], Kenya K000280997 holotype

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1935: 307 (1935)

    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.
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • A.V. Bogdan, A Revised List of Kenya Grasses p. 31 (1958).
    • C. E. Hubbard in Flora of Tropical Africa 10: 85 (1937).
    • C. E. Hubbard in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1935: 307 (1935)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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 2019. 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 2019. 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