1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus testudinum Renvoize

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual, or perennial. Culms decumbent, or prostrate; 2.5-12 cm long. Culm-internodes distally glabrous. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.1-0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades involute; 1.5-6 cm long; 0.75 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear; 1-5 cm long; 0.1-0.2 cm wide. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 0.3-1 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 0.8-1.3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 0.8-1.3 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 0.2-0.3 mm long; 0.4-0.6 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex entire, or dentate; truncate, or acute. Upper glume ovate; 0.5 mm long; 0.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 0-1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent, or distinct. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex entire, or dentate; truncate, or acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 0.8-1 mm long; membranous; without keel; 0 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 2; 0.5-0.7 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp; ellipsoid; 0.8 mm long.
    Distribution
    Africa: western Indian ocean.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Renvoize 1997.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Aldabra

    Sporobolus testudinum Renvoize appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Renvoize, S.A. [972], Seychelles K000244781 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 25: 417 (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.
    • Robertson, S.A. (1989). Flowering Plants of Seychelles: 1-327. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Fosberg, F.R. & Renvoize, S.A. (1980). The Flora of Aldabra and neighbouring islands: 1-358. Crown, London.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Fosberg, F.R. & Renvoize, S.A. (1980). The Flora of Aldabra and neighbouring islands: 1-358. Crown, London.

    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.
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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