1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Snowdenia C.E.Hubb.
      1. Snowdenia mutica (Hochst.) Pilg.

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

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    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms rambling; 30-90 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Leaf-sheaths smooth; pilose; with tubercle-based hairs. Ligule a ciliolate membrane; 2-2.5 mm long. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; 5-15 cm long; 5-10 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; glabrous, or pilose; sparsely hairy; with tubercle-based hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1; single; multilateral; 3-7 cm long. Rhachis angular; scabrous on surface. Spikelet packing abaxial; irregular. Spikelets ascending; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong; 0.5-1 mm long; scaberulous.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acuminate; 5-5.5 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acuminate; 5-5.5 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume orbicular; 0.5 mm long; 0.1 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate, or obtuse. Upper glume orbicular; 0.6-1 mm long; 0.1-0.2 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent. Upper glume apex emarginate, or truncate, or obtuse.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; scabrous; rough on veins; acuminate; muticous, or awned. Awn of lower sterile floret 0-5 mm long. Fertile lemma ovate; 5-5.5 mm long; membranous; without keel. Lemma margins flat; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; mucronate. Palea 0.5 length of lemma; hyaline; without keels.
    Distribution
    Africa: northeast tropical.
    Reference
    Paniceae. WDC.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia

    Snowdenia mutica (Hochst.) Pilg. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 1966 Schimper [1275], Ethiopia K000281123 isotype

    First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 14: 103 (1938)

    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.
    • 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
    • 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.

    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