1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Maltebrunia Kunth
      1. Maltebrunia letestui (Koechlin) Koechlin

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms erect; 30-100 cm long; 3-5 -noded. Leaf-sheath auricles erect. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a false petiole; petiole 0.5-3 cm long. Leaf-blades elliptic; 8-26 cm long; 30-50 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation with distinct cross veins. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; lanceolate, or oblong; effuse; 18-25 cm long; 2-3 cm wide. Primary panicle branches appressed, or ascending. Panicle branches capillary; scaberulous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; 1-8 mm long; scaberulous; tip cupuliform.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 7-10 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 7-10 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes both absent or obscure.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret subulate; 0.5-0.8 mm long; 0.07-0.08 length of spikelet. Lemma of upper sterile floret subulate; 0.5-0.8 mm long; 1 length of lower sterile floret. Fertile lemma elliptic, or ovate; 7-10 mm long; membranous; keeled; 5 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex acute. Palea elliptic; 1 length of lemma; membranous; 3 -veined; 1-keeled. Palea surface pubescent. Palea apex acuminate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; elliptic; 1 mm long; membranous; acute. Anthers 6; 4 mm long. Stigmas 2.
    Distribution
    Africa: west-central tropical.
    Reference
    Oryzeae. CEH.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Zaïre

    Maltebrunia letestui (Koechlin) Koechlin appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Gabon 5: 243 (1962)

    Accepted by

    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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