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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

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Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms 15-30 cm long; wiry. Culm-internodes distally glabrous. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; convolute; 4-20 cm long; 1-2 mm wide.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; oblong; 3-4 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 9-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.5-1 mm long; pilose; pungent.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 9-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 0.5-1 mm long; pilose; pungent.
Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 4-7 mm long; 0.66 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex lobed; 2 -fid; mucronate. Upper glume lanceolate; 9-12 mm long; 3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex lobed; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn 3-4 mm long.
Florets
Fertile lemma elliptic; subterete; 3-3.5 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma margins convolute; covering most of palea. Lemma apex acute; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3-branched; with 30-60 mm long limb; with twisted column; deciduous; abscissing from top of lemma. Column of lemma awn 7-20 mm long. Lateral lemma awns 15-30 mm long; shorter than principal. Palea 0.1 length of lemma; without keels.
Flowers
Anthers 3.
Distribution
Africa: northeast tropical and east tropical.
Reference
Aristideae. FTEA.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Habit
Densely tufted perennial with branching rootstock; stems wiry, up to 45 cm high
Inflorescences
Panicle spike-like with densely crowded spikelets, not fully exserted from the uppermost sheath
Glume
Glumes unequal, linear, the lower 5.2–8 mm long, 2-toothed, mucronate from between the teeth, the upper 10–12 mm long, bifid, with an awn 3–5 mm long from between the acuminate lobes
Florets
Lemma, including the callus, 2.5–3 mm long, terete, smooth and glabrous, narrowed above the middle, articulated at the summit and bearing a weakly twisted column mostly less than 2 cm long; central awn 4–5.5 cm long, curving outwards; lateral awns about half as long, thinner in texture, erect.
Distribution
N1; C1, 2; Ethiopia and north-eastern Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 200–1000 m.
Vernacular
Bajeh, machew (Somali)
Note
Often confused with A. triticoides, but distinguished with relative ease by the shorter lemma with smooth narrowed tip, panicle not fully exserted from the uppermost sheath, and shorter, less tightly twisted column.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Aristida kelleri Hack. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hill, B. [82], Ethiopia K000366832

First published in Mém. Herb. Boissier 20: 10 (1900)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Clayton, W.D. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by T. A. Cope [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
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