1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Moorochloa Veldkamp
      1. Moorochloa malacodes (Mez & K.Schum.) Veldkamp

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Annual; caespitose. Culms decumbent; slender; 25-100 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 7-10 cm long; 6-14 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle with branches tipped by a raceme. Panicle open; ovate; 7-15 cm long. Primary panicle branches 2-6 cm long. Panicle branches capillary. Racemes unilateral; 0.5-1 cm long. Rhachis wingless; angular. Spikelet packing adaxial; crowded; regular; 2 -rowed. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; compressed slightly; obtuse; 2.5 mm long; falling entire; readily shedding fertile florets.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; compressed slightly; obtuse; 2.5 mm long; falling entire; readily shedding fertile florets.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0.2-0.5 mm long; 0.1-0.2 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets male, or barren; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume; oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; pubescent; acute. Fertile lemma elliptic; 2-2.5 mm long; indurate; shiny; without keel. Lemma surface smooth. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea involute; indurate; without keels.
    Distribution
    Africa: southern tropical and south.
    Reference
    Paniceae. FZ.
    [FZ]

    Gramineae, W. D. Clayton. Flora Zambesiaca 10:3. 1989

    Habit
    Annual.
    Culms
    Culms 25–100 cm. high.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence paniculate, the primary branches bearing pedunculate racemes, these 0.5–1 cm. long.
    Note
    Otherwise like B. eruciformis.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe

    Moorochloa malacodes (Mez & K.Schum.) Veldkamp appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 18, 2009 Crawford, F. [76], Namibia Brachiaria malacodes K000450393
    Pearson, H.H.W. [2446], Angola Brachiaria malacodes K000282066 syntype
    Pearson, H.H.W. [2849], Angola Brachiaria malacodes K000282065 syntype
    Pearson, H.H.W. [2849], Angola Brachiaria malacodes K000282064 syntype

    First published in Reinwardtia 12: 139 (2004)

    Not 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. [Cited as Brachiaria malacodes.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Clayton, W.D. (1989). Flora Zambesiaca 10(3): 1-231. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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.
    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