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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Paspalum L.
      1. Paspalum lamprocaryon K.Schum.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ivory Coast, Cameroon to Ethiopia and S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial.
    Culms
    Culms 90–200 cm. high, 3–7 mm. in diam., stout, leafy with the sheaths usually overlapping and concealing the node, ascending, rooting at the nodes below.
    Leaf lamina
    Leaf laminae 8–30 cm. long, 8–27 mm. wide, narrowly lanceolate, often broadly rounded at the base, acute at the apex.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 2–11 on an axis up to 9 cm. long, each raceme 4–12 cm. long, the spikelets borne singly on a rhachis 2–3 mm. wide.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets 2–3 mm. long, resembling P. scrobiculatum.
    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Culms geniculately ascending; robust; 90-200 cm long; 3-7 mm diam.; rooting from lower nodes. Leaf-sheaths longer than adjacent culm internode. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base broadly rounded. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 8-30 cm long; 8-27 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 2-11; borne along a central axis; unilateral; 4-12 cm long. Central inflorescence axis 1-9 cm long. Rhachis broadly winged; 2-3 mm wide. Spikelet packing abaxial; regular; 2 -rowed. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic, or orbicular; dorsally compressed; plano-convex; obtuse; 2-2.7 mm long; falling entire.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic, or orbicular; dorsally compressed; plano-convex; obtuse; 2-2.7 mm long; falling entire.
    Glume
    Glumes one the lower absent or obscure; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Upper glume ovate; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; dark brown; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume apex obtuse.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume; ovate; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 7 -veined; obtuse. Fertile lemma ovate; gibbous; 2-2.5 mm long; indurate; dark brown; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface striate. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea involute; indurate.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 1 mm long.
    Distribution
    Africa: west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, and southern tropical.
    Reference
    Paniceae. FTEA.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Sudan, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Paspalum lamprocaryon K.Schum. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1994 Thomas, D.W. [9788], Cameroon K000510845
    Jan 1, 1994 Cheek, M. [5209], Cameroon K000540034
    Stolz, A. [1413], Tanzania K000282020

    Bibliography

    First published in H.G.A.Engler, Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 100 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 7: 1-430. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Clayton, W.D. (1989). Flora Zambesiaca 10(3): 1-231. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Aké Assi, L. (2002). Flore de la Côte-d'Ivoire: catalogue systématique, biogéographie et écologie. II Boissiera 58: 1-401.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 7: 1-430. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Clayton, W.D. (1989). Flora Zambesiaca 10(3): 1-231. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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