1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus pulchellus R.Br.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Indo-China, New Guinea to N. & Central Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual. Culms 4-30 cm long. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 1-7 cm long; 0.5-2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; effuse; 1-8 cm long. Primary panicle branches whorled at most nodes. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 0.7-0.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 0.7-0.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; reaching apex of florets. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.5 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 0.7-0.8 mm long; membranous; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp; obovoid; 0.6 mm long.
    Distribution
    Asia-tropical: Indo-China. Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. WDC 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Laos, New Guinea, Northern Territory, Queensland, Thailand, Vietnam, Western Australia

    Sporobolus pulchellus R.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 5, 1992 Brown, R. [6206], Australia K000907402 syntype
    Aug 5, 1992 Schomburgk, R. [112], Australia K000907399
    Aug 5, 1992 s.coll. [170], Australia K000907400 syntype
    Aug 5, 1992 s.coll. [s.n.], Australia K000907401

    First published in Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holland.: 170 (1810)

    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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
    • Camus, E.G. & Camus, A. in H. Lecomte (1922). Flore Générale de l'indo-Chine 1(3): 193-336.

    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