1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus creber De Nardi

        This species is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea to E. Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short. Basal innovations intravaginal. Culms erect; 40-140 cm long; 2-3 -noded. Culm-nodes glabrous. Lateral branches lacking, or sparse; arising from lower culm. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface; outer margin hairy. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.2-0.5 mm long. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate; 15-30 cm long; 2-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough adaxially; glabrous. Leaf-blade margins scabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; interrupted; 20-60 cm long; contracted about primary branches. Primary panicle branches appressed; 2-6 cm long; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Panicle axis glabrous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 1.25-1.75 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 1.25-1.75 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; shorter than spikelet; gaping. Lower glume oblong, or ovate; 0.4-1 mm long; 0.66-0.75 length of upper glume; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 0.6-1.2 mm long; 0.5-0.66 length of adjacent fertile lemma; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 1.2-1.75 mm long; membranous; dark green, or grey; shiny; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1.1-1.6 mm long; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 2; 0.05 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp; oblong, or obovoid; exposed between gaping lemma and palea at maturity; 0.5-0.85 mm long; truncate.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Papuasia. Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. De Nardi 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    New Guinea, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

    Introduced into:

    California

    Sporobolus creber De Nardi appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 5, 1973 McDonald, W.J. [121997], New South Wales K000907396 isotype

    First published in Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 4: 406 (1973)

    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.
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

    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