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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Hylebates Chippind.
      1. Hylebates chlorochloe (K.Schum.) Napper

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Scrambling perennial; culms 90–120 cm. high.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades 5–30 cm. long, 5–40 mm. wide, narrowed, rounded or subcordate at the base but not amplexicaul.
    Inflorescences
    Panicle ovate, 10–30 cm. long, the spikelets on shorter pedicels and tending to cluster about the primary branches.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 2–3 mm. long, often purplish, glabrous or with a few hairs; lower glume 0.5–0.7 mm. long, slightly separated from the upper; lower lemma with an awnlet 0.3–1 mm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 150.
    Habitat
    Shady places in forest or bushland; 50–1600 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T6 T7 not known elsewhere
    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual. Culms prostrate; 90-120 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blade base simple, or broadly rounded. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; 5-30 cm long; 5-40 mm wide; flaccid.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 10-30 cm long; evenly furnished, or contracted about primary branches. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2-3 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2-3 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0.5-0.7 mm long; 0.2-0.3 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 0.8-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pilose (sparsely). Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; glabrous, or pilose (sparsely); acute; awned. Awn of lower sterile floret 0.3-1 mm long. Fertile lemma elliptic; chartaceous. Lemma margins flat; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute. Palea chartaceous; without keels.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; orbicular; isodiametric.
    Distribution
    Africa: east tropical.
    Reference
    Paniceae. FTEA.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Hylebates chlorochloe (K.Schum.) Napper appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. [1732], Tanzania K000281565
    Bogdan, A. [AB3909], Kenya K000386238
    Holst, C. [8716a], Tanzania K000281566
    Magogo, F.C. [641], Kenya K000386236
    Magogo, F.C. [944], Kenya K000386237

    Bibliography

    First published in Kirkia 3: 130 (1963)

    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. & Renvoize, S.A. (1982). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 3: 451-898.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Clayton, W.D. & Renvoize, S.A. (1982). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 3: 451-898.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • D.M. Napper, Grasses of Tanganyika: 65 (1965).
    • Napper in Kirkia 3: 130 (1963).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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.
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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