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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus linearis Mez

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; slender; 16-55 cm long. Leaves mostly basal. Leaf-sheath oral hairs ciliate. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.5 cm long. Leaf-blades flexuous; filiform; 10-23 cm long; 0.5-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; rough adaxially; glabrous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle linear; interrupted; 8-18 cm long; 0.2-0.4 cm wide. Primary panicle branches appressed; distant; simple; 1-1.5 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear; 0.5-2.5 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 2.5-3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 2.5-3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; 0.33 length of spikelet; hyaline, or membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate, or obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute, or attenuate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; membranous; without keel; 0 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate. Palea apex entire.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis oblong; 1.5 mm long.
    Distribution
    Africa: western Indian ocean.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Renvoize 2007.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mauritius

    Other Data

    Sporobolus linearis Mez appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 295 (1921)

    Accepted by

    • Humphreys, A.M., Govaerts, R., Ficinski, S.Z., Nic Lughadha, E. & Vorontsova, M.S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047.
    • Bosser, J. & Renvoize, S.A. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 203: 1-276. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.

    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 Sporobolus africanus.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Bosser, J. & Renvoize, S.A. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 203: 1-276. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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