1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus mildbraedii Pilg.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Butt sheaths herbaceous. Culms erect; 30-60 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades involute; 5-10 cm long; 1-2 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear, or lanceolate; 6-17 cm long. Primary panicle branches moderately spaced (overlapping); whorled at most nodes (6-15 whorls); 1-2 cm long; naked below. Panicle branches glabrous in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    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; reaching apex of florets. Lower glume oblong; 1-1.7 mm long; 0.4-0.5 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume oblong; 1.5-3 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; dark green; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate; 2.5-3 mm long; membranous; dark green; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1.5-1.7 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
    Distribution
    Africa: west-central tropical and east tropical.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. FTEA.
    [FTEA]

    Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips & S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

    Habit
    Caespitose perennial; culms 30–60 cm. high; basal sheaths neither broad and papery nor horny.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades involute, 5–10 cm. long, up to 2 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Panicle linear to narrowly lanceolate, 6–17 cm. long; primary branches in 6–15 whorls, bare in the lower half of their length, longer than the interval between whorls.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 2.5–3 mm. long, glabrous, dark green; lower glume narrowly lanceolate, 1–1.7 mm. long; upper glume lanceolate-elliptic, as long as the spikelet; lemma similar to the upper glume or a little shorter; anthers 3, 1.5–1.7 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Grain unknown.
    Habitat
    Stony slopes in deciduous and evergreen bushland; 1600–2100 m.
    Distribution
    K4 T1 T8 U2 U4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

    Sporobolus mildbraedii Pilg. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 1968 Fries, T.C.E. [878], Kenya K000386234
    Mildbraed [712] K000365237 Unknown type material

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 43: 92 (1909)

    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.
    • Ndabaneze, P. (1989). Catalogue des Graminées du Burundi Lejeunia; Revue de Botanique, n.s., 132: 1-127.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1988). Flora du Rwanda 4: I-X, 1-651. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Ndabaneze, P. (1989). Catalogue des Graminées du Burundi Lejeunia; Revue de Botanique, n.s., 132: 1-127.
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • K.W. Harker & D.M. Napper, An Illustrated Guide to the Grasses of Uganda p. 57 (1960).
    • Eggeling, Ann. list grasses Ug.: 45 (1947).
    • Pilg. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 92 (1909).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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