1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Catabrosa P.Beauv.
      1. Catabrosa drakensbergensis (Hedberg & I.Hedberg) Soreng & Fish

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Lesotho to KwaZulu-Natal.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 12-25 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 2-4 mm long. Leaf-blades flat; 5-11 cm long; 2-5 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; exserted, or embraced at base by subtending leaf. Panicle open; ovate; 3-10 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 2.5-3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 2.5-3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus glabrous.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; similar to fertile lemma in texture; gaping. Lower glume elliptic; 0.75 length of upper glume; membranous; much thinner above; 1-keeled; keeled below. Lower glume lateral veins all falling short of apex. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume elliptic; membranous; much thinner above; with hyaline margins; 1-keeled; keeled below. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic; 2.5-3.5 mm long; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma lateral veins less than two thirds length of lemma. Lemma surface glabrous. Lemma apex erose; obtuse. Palea 1 length of lemma.
    Distribution
    Africa: south.
    Reference
    Poeae. Hedberg 2001.

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho

    Catabrosa drakensbergensis (Hedberg & I.Hedberg) Soreng & Fish appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Hedberg, O. [82088], Lesotho Colpodium drakensbergense K000345187 isotype
    Hedberg, O. [82009], Lesotho Colpodium drakensbergense K000316550
    Hedberg, O. [82008], Lesotho Colpodium drakensbergense K000316551
    Werger, M.J.A. [1614], Lesotho Colpodium drakensbergense K000316552

    First published in Kew Bull. 66: 107 (2011)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    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