1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus pectinatus Hack.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

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    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Rhizomes elongated. Butt sheaths papery; persistent and investing base of culm; with compacted dead sheaths. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms erect; 30-60 cm long. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate; 15-30 cm long; 4-7 mm wide; mid-green, or glaucous. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade margins tuberculate-ciliate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 7-20 cm long; contracted about secondary branches and with spikelets clustered towards branch tips (as a spiciform clump). Primary panicle branches spreading; whorled at most nodes. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; reaching apex of florets. Lower glume ovate; 0.5 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume elliptic; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; grey, or purple; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 3 mm long; membranous; grey, or purple; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
    Distribution
    Africa: south.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Chippindall 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces

    Sporobolus pectinatus Hack. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 1, 1933 Burtt-Davy, L. [7736], South Africa K000365199 Unknown type material

    First published in Oesterr. Bot. Z. 53: 198 (1903)

    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.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    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