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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cape Prov.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; culms solitary. Rhizomes short. Butt sheaths thickened and forming a bulb; light brown; villous. Glands elongated. Culms 50-100 cm long; 3-5 -noded. Lateral branches lacking. Leaves mostly basal. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface, or pubescent; outer margin hairy. Leaf-sheath oral hairs bearded. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 30 cm long; 5-10 mm wide; flaccid. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or pilose; hairy adaxially. Leaf-blade margins smooth. Leaf-blade apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 100 fertile spikelets. Panicle open; ovate; 10-20 cm long; 12-15 cm wide. Panicle branches glabrous in axils. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform; 0.75-1 length of fertile spikelet; glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 12-20 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 12-20 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus evident; pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; shiny; gaping. Lower glume elliptic; 12-20 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; light brown; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface puberulous. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume elliptic; 12-20 mm long; 2.1-2.8 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; light brown; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface puberulous. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma oblong; 5.5-7 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5-9 -veined. Lemma surface villous; hairy on veins. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 20-25 mm long overall; with twisted column. Lateral lemma awns arising on inner edge of lobes; 7-11 mm long; exserted, or equalling glumes; shorter than principal. Palea surface pubescent; hairy above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy; glabrous. Anthers 3; 4.5 mm long; brown, or purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: south.
Reference
Arundineae. Linder.

Native to:

Cape Provinces

Pentameris aristidoides (Thunb.) Galley & H.P.Linder appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 1, 1936 Fries, T.C.E. [1457], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334567
Acocks, J.P.H. [17282], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334575
Orchard, E.R. [255], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334576
Esterhuysen, E. [24078], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334577
MacOwan [793], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334583
Linder [4520], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334588
Crook, A.O. [1025], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334571
s.coll. [9347], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334566
Zeyher, E. [3152], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334580
Drège [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334564
Taylor, H.C. [10468], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334568
Johnson, [S.]M. [283], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334572
Rehm, S. [311], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334573
Linder [4532], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334586
Burgers, C. [1301], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334569
Linder [4236], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334587
Taylor, H.C. [5472], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334574
Zeyher, E. [3149], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334581
Ellis, R.P. [2857], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334570
Bolus, H. [4892], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334584
C.B.S. [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334579
Wright, C. [s.n.], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334585
Sandwith, [A.] [144], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334565
Zeyher [3153], South Africa Pentaschistis aristidoides K000334582

First published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 330 (2010)

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.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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