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This species is accepted, and its native range is Morocco.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms erect; 20-40 cm long. Culm-internodes antrorsely scabrous. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths smooth, or scaberulous; glabrous on surface. Leaf-sheath oral hairs pubescent. Ligule an eciliate membrane; truncate. Leaf-blades flexuous; filiform; conduplicate, or convolute; 5-15 cm long; 0.5-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; scabrous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade apex attenuate; pungent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 7-15 cm long. Primary panicle branches 3 -nate; 1-3 cm long. Panicle axis scabrous. Panicle branches bearded in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 17 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 17 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1 mm long; pubescent; acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; shiny. Lower glume lanceolate; 17 mm long; 1.3 length of upper glume; hyaline; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scaberulous. Lower glume apex attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 13 mm long; 2.6 length of adjacent fertile lemma; hyaline; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scaberulous. Upper glume apex attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; subterete; 5 mm long; coriaceous; light brown; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn geniculate; twisted together; 60-100 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn hirsute. Palea linear; 2.2 mm long; membranous; 2 -veined; without keels.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; 1 mm long. Anthers 3; 4 mm long; yellow; anther tip penicillate. Stigmas 2. Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; fusiform; 4.5 mm long; light brown. Embryo 0.25 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 1 length of caryopsis.
Distribution
Africa: north.
Reference
Stipeae. Fl Afr N 1994.

Native to:

Morocco

Stipa nitens (Ball) Ball appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hooker [s.n.], Morocco K000345333

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 16: 712 (1878)

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.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.

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 2021. 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 2021. 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