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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips And S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

Habit
Annuals
Leaves
Leaf-blades broadly linear to narrowly lanceolate; ligule a very short hairy membrane
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle
Spikelets
Spikelets elliptic, dorsally compressed; lower glume ovate, up to 1/3 the length of the spikelet and clasping its base; upper glume about as long as the spikelet; lower floret sterile, represented by a membranous lemma as long as the spikelet and abruptly terminating in a short awn; upper lemma thinly chartaceous, acute, dull, its flat thin margins enfolding and concealing the palea
Fruits
Caryopsis subglobose.

[GB]

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Habit
Annual. Culms prostrate; 40-100-150 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; flaccid.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform (1), or linear (1).
Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2-2.75-3.5 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes brief up to lowest fertile floret (1), or elongated between glumes (1).
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; 2-2.75-3.5 mm long; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes brief up to lowest fertile floret (1), or elongated between glumes (1).
Glume
Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 0.8-0.9-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pilose (1). Upper glume apex acute.
Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; membranous; 5 -veined; acute; awned. Fertile lemma elliptic; chartaceous. Lemma margins covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute. Palea chartaceous; without keels.
Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; orbicular; isodiametric.
Distribution
Africa.

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Hylebates Chippind. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. S. African Bot. 11: 127 (1945)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 11: 127 (1945).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 11: 127 (1945)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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