1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Gouinia E.Fourn. ex Benth. & Hook.f.
      1. Gouinia gracilis Ekman

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cuba.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Culms decumbent; slender; 70-100 cm long. Leaf-sheaths smooth, or scaberulous; pilose. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.5 mm long. Leaf-blades involute; 7-14 cm long; 1-2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; pilose; hairy adaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 5-6; borne along a central axis; spreading, or deflexed; unilateral; 2-4.5 cm long. Central inflorescence axis 5-15 cm long. Rhachis angular. Spikelet packing distant. Spikelets spreading, or deflexed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-10 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-10 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; similar to fertile lemma in texture. Lower glume lanceolate; 2.5-4 mm long; 0.7-0.9 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 3-7 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 4-6 mm long; membranous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliate. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; 5-9 mm long overall. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; lanceolate. Apical sterile lemmas awned.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Distribution
    South America: Caribbean.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Swallen.

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    Distribution

    Gouinia gracilis Ekman appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ekman, E.L. [1020], Cuba K000308754 isotype

    First published in Amer. J. Bot. 22: 33 (1935)

    Accepted by

    • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
    • 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
    • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.

    Sources

    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 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