1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Colpodium Trin.
      1. Colpodium chionogeiton (Pilg.) Tzvelev

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 4-30 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 2-5 mm long. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate; 2-12 cm long; 1-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex obtuse.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 1-8 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 4-6.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 4-6.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; similar to fertile lemma in texture; gaping. Lower glume elliptic; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; 1-keeled; keeled below; 3 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins all falling short of apex. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume elliptic; 1.1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; 1-keeled; keeled below; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 3.5-4.5 mm long; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma lateral veins less than two thirds length of lemma. Lemma surface pubescent; hairy below; with clavate hairs. Lemma apex erose; obtuse. Palea keels smooth.
    Flowers
    Anthers 1.2-1.3 mm long.
    Fruits
    Hilum elliptic.
    Distribution
    Africa: east tropical.
    Reference
    Poeae. FTEA.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tufted perennial; culms 4–30 cm. high, erect or ascending.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades flat or folded, up to 12 cm. long and 4 mm. wide; ligule 1–5 mm. long Panicle contracted, spike-like, 1–8 cm. long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 1-flowered, narrowly elliptic, at length gaping, 4–6.5 mm. long, light green often tinged with purple, the rhachilla not produced beyond the floret; glumes subequal, a little longer than the lemma, the lower narrowly elliptic and (1–)3-nerved, the upper lanceolate-elliptic and 3-nerved; lemma 3.5–4.5 mm. long, 3-nerved, glabrous or appressedly pubescent, denticulately obtuse.
    Figures
    Fig. 18.
    Habitat
    Upland moor, on moist ground along streams; 4250–4850 m.
    Distribution
    K4 T2 known only from Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro

    Images

    Distribution

    Colpodium chionogeiton (Pilg.) Tzvelev appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1977 Fries, R.E. [1400a], Kenya K000345188 isotype

    First published in Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 50: 1319 (1965)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Clayton, W.D. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Clayton, W.D. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Tzvel. in Bot. Zh. 50: 1319 (1965).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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