1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Geochloa H.P.Linder & N.P.Barker

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cape Prov.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Culms 20-39.56-70 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted (1), or capitate (2). Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets (1), or 4-5 fertile florets, or 6-7 fertile florets (2); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 7-14.66-25 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent (2), or pilose (1).
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets (1), or 4-5 fertile florets, or 6-7 fertile florets (2); with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 7-14.66-25 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent (2), or pilose (1).
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1-2 -veined (1), or 3 -veined (2), or 4 -veined (1), or 5 -veined (2), or 6-7 -veined (1). Lower glume surface glabrous, or pubescent (1). Lower glume apex obtuse (1), or acuminate (2). Upper glume lanceolate; 1.2-1.4-1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1-2 -veined (1), or 3 -veined (2), or 4 -veined (1), or 5 -veined (2), or 6-7 -veined (1). Upper glume surface glabrous, or pubescent (1). Upper glume apex obtuse (1), or acuminate (1), or attenuate (1).
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; chartaceous; without keel; 9 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent; with a transverse row of hair tufts (1), or with a transverse fringe of hair (2). Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; incised 0.5 of lemma length; awned; 1 -awned (2), or 3 -awned (2). Principal lemma awn from a sinus; straight (1), or geniculate (2). Palea keels pubescent (2), or ciliolate (1). Palea surface pubescent (1), or pilose. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; membranous (2), or fleshy (1); ciliate. Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
    Distribution
    Africa.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces

    Geochloa H.P.Linder & N.P.Barker appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 323 (2010)

    Accepted by

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

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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