1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus scitulus Clayton

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Uganda to Kenya.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; cushion forming. Butt sheaths papery. Culms erect; 10-22 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 1-5.5 cm long; 1-4 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; effuse; 3-6 cm long. Panicle branches glabrous in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 2-2.3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 2-2.3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; 0.4-0.7 mm long; 0.3-0.5 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume oblong; 1.2-1.3 mm long; 0.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; mid-green, or purple; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex erose; truncate, or obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 2-2.3 mm long; membranous; mid-green, or purple; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
    Distribution
    Africa: east tropical.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. FTEA.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tufted perennial forming low cushions, the leaves mostly basal, their sheaths becoming papery; culms 10–22 cm. high.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades flat, 1–5.5 cm. long, up to 4 mm. wide, widest at the base and gradually tapering to the tip.
    Inflorescences
    Panicle ovate, 3–6 cm. long, diffuse.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 2–2.3 mm. long, dark green or purplish; lower glume oblong, 0.4–0.7 mm. long, truncate; upper glume oblong, 1.2–1.3 mm. long, 1/2 as long as the spikelet, obtuse to truncate and erose; lemma ovate-elliptic, as long as the spikelet; anthers 3, 1.5 mm. long.
    Habitat
    Swampy ground on rocky bed; 2500–2600 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere K3 U1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Uganda

    Sporobolus scitulus Clayton appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 1, 1971 Bogdan, A. [AB 4072], Kenya K000365223 holotype
    Mar 1, 1971 Bogdan, A. [AB 4072], Kenya K000365224 isotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 25: 248 (1971)

    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.
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • W. D. Clayton in Kew Bulletin 25: 248 (1971).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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.
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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