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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cape Prov.

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Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Stolons present. Butt sheaths pallid; glossy; villous; persistent and investing base of culm. Glands raised crateriform. Culms 45 cm long; 2 -noded. Lateral branches lacking. Leaves mostly basal. Leaf-sheath oral hairs bearded. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; convolute; 30 cm long; 0.5 mm wide; stiff; eglandular. Leaf-blade surface hirsute; hairy adaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acute; muticous, or pungent.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 100 fertile spikelets. Panicle contracted; lanceolate; 8-12 cm long; 1.5 cm wide. Panicle branches pubescent in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; 0.75 length of fertile spikelet; glandular; scaberulous.
Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 6-7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 6-7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent.
Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; gaping. Lower glume elliptic; 6-7 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; glandular; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface asperulous; rough generally. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume elliptic; 6-7 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; glandular; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface asperulous; rough generally. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Florets
Fertile lemma oblong; 3 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5-9 -veined. Lemma surface smooth, or scaberulous; glabrous. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 6 mm long overall; with twisted column. Lateral lemma awns arising on apex of lobes; 2 mm long; enclosed by glumes; shorter than principal.
Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy; glabrous. Anthers 3; 3 mm long; yellow.
Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: south.
Reference
Arundineae. Linder.

Native to:

Cape Provinces

Pentameris lima (Nees) Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 2: 299 (1841)

Not 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. [Cited as Pentaschistis lima.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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