1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Perotis Aiton
      1. Perotis somalensis Chiov.

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual. Culms erect; 20-45 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; 3-6 cm long; 4-6 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1; single; multilateral; 8-10 cm long. Spikelet packing crowded, or contiguous; irregular. Spikelets ascending; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear, or lanceolate; subterete; 2.5-3.5 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus linear; 0.5-0.7 mm long; pubescent; base obtuse.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear, or lanceolate; subterete; 2.5-3.5 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus linear; 0.5-0.7 mm long; pubescent; base obtuse.
    Glume
    Glumes similar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 2.5-3.5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface pilose; hairy generally. Lower glume apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn 35-45 mm long. Upper glume lanceolate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; 1.5-2.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein distinct. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface pilose; hairy generally. Upper glume apex acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 35-45 mm long.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 1.5 mm long; hyaline; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea hyaline; 0 -veined; without keels.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; laterally compressed.
    Distribution
    Africa: northeast tropical.
    Reference
    Cynodonteae. TAC.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Somalia

    Perotis somalensis Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Paoli, G. [624], Somalia K000255452 isotype

    First published in Res. Sci. Somalia Ital. 1: 182 (1916)

    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.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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.
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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