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

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Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Butt sheaths pallid; glossy; glabrous; persistent and investing base of culm; with compacted dead sheaths. Glands elongated. Culms decumbent; 60-120 cm long; 3-5 -noded. Lateral branches lacking. Leaves mostly basal. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface, or hirsute. Leaf-sheath oral hairs bearded. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 10-18 cm long; 7-10 mm wide; flaccid. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or hirsute. Leaf-blade margins smooth. Leaf-blade apex acute.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 200 fertile spikelets. Panicle open; ovate; 10-18 cm long; 7-10 cm wide. Panicle branches bearded in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; 0.75 length of fertile spikelet; glandular; smooth.
Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 10-12 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; 10-12 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; 10-12 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; mid-green; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scaberulous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface smooth, or asperulous. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume elliptic; 10-12 mm long; 2-2.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; mid-green; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scaberulous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface smooth, or asperulous. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Florets
Fertile lemma oblong; 4-6 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5-9 -veined. Lemma surface villous. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; with lobes 2.5 mm long; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 9-15 mm long overall; with twisted column. Lateral lemma awns arising on inner edge of lobes; 3 mm long; enclosed by glumes; shorter than principal. Palea surface pubescent; hairy on back; hairy above.
Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy; glabrous. Anthers 3; 3.5-4 mm long; purple.
Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: south.
Reference
Arundineae. Linder.

Native to:

Cape Provinces

Pentameris pallescens (Schrad.) Nees appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Webster, M.M. [N33], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719453
Burchell [544], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719433
Harvey [150], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719442
Linder, H.P. [4339], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719451
Linder, H.P. [4539], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719452
Esterhuysen, E. [34104], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719450
Drege [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719438
Drege [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719440
Acocks, J.P.H. [15266], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719447
Acocks, J.P.H. [15266], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719448
Wolley-Dod, A.H. [3491], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719435
Wolley-Dod, A.H. [1962], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719436
Bolus, F. [14859], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719434
Bergius [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719439
Bergius [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719441
Gillivray, J.M. [393], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719437
Sandwith, C. [72], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719444
Sandwith, C. [145], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719445
Sandwith, C. [145], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719446
Rehm, S. [605], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719443
v.d.Merwe, P. [23-74], South Africa Pentaschistis pallescens K000719449
Codd, L.E. [3552], South Africa Pentaschistis involuta K000719330
Acocks, J.P.H. [21612], South Africa Pentaschistis involuta K000719333
Fourcade, H.G. [2855], South Africa Pentaschistis involuta K000719332
Taylor, H.G. [4204], South Africa Pentaschistis involuta K000719334
Kruger, F.J. [KR235], South Africa Pentaschistis involuta K000719331

First published in Linnaea 7: 312 (1832)

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 pallescens.]

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
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.

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