1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Eragrostis Wolf
      1. Eragrostis propinqua Steud.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mauritius.

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    Habit
    Perennial; culms solitary, or caespitose. Rhizomes absent, or elongated. Culms erect; slender; 10-35 cm long. Leaves basal and cauline. Leaf-sheaths striately veined; glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades flat, or involute; 2-6 cm long; 1-2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; rough adaxially. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 5-11 cm long; contracted about primary branches. Primary panicle branches appressed, or ascending; indistinct the panicle almost racemose, or simple; 1-3 cm long. Spikelets solitary, or in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile and pedicelled. Pedicels 1-10 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 8-24 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-11 mm long; breaking up at maturity; rhachilla persistent; shedding paleas. Rhachilla internodes eventually visible between lemmas.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 8-24 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5-11 mm long; breaking up at maturity; rhachilla persistent; shedding paleas. Rhachilla internodes eventually visible between lemmas.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 1.25-1.5 mm long; 0.75 length of upper glume; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 1.5-2 mm long; 0.5-0.66 length of adjacent fertile lemma; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma elliptic, or ovate; 1.8-2 mm long; membranous; grey; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1-1.25 mm long. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 0.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong; 1 mm long.
    Distribution
    Africa: western Indian ocean.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Fl Masc 2006.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mauritius

    Eragrostis propinqua Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 271 (1854)

    Accepted by

    • Humphreys, A.M., Govaerts, R., Ficinski, S.Z., Nic Lughadha, E. & Vorontsova, M.S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047.
    • Bosser, J. & Renvoize, S.A. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 203: 1-276. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy 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