1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Leptagrostis C.E.Hubb.
      1. Leptagrostis schimperiana (Hochst.) C.E.Hubb.

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms 20 cm long. Leaves mostly basal. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 5-15 cm long; 2-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; scaberulous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 3-6 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 3.5-4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.5 length of lemma.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 3.5-4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.5 length of lemma.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; similar to fertile lemma in texture. Lower glume lanceolate; 2 mm long; 0.5-0.6 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume lanceolate; 3 mm long; 0.8 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 3.5-4 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; with linear lobes; incised 0.15 of lemma length; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; 1.5 mm long overall. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Rhachilla extension 0.1 length of fertile floret.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; glabrous.
    Distribution
    Africa: northeast tropical.
    Reference
    Arundineae. WDC.

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    Distribution

    Extinct in:

    Ethiopia

    Leptagrostis schimperiana (Hochst.) C.E.Hubb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schimper [1330], Ethiopia K000366974
    Schimper [1330], Ethiopia K000366975

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1937: 63 (1937)

    Accepted by

    • Humphreys, A.M., Govaerts, R., Ficinski, S.Z., Nic Lughadha, E. & Vorontsova, M.S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047.
    • (2006). https://issuu.com/joseluisvivero/docs/aetfat-chapter-jlv/5 epublication.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 7: 1-430. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • (2006). https://issuu.com/joseluisvivero/docs/aetfat-chapter-jlv/5 epublication.

    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