1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Aristida L.
      1. Aristida kelleri Hack.

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

    [GB]
    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.

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    Distribution

    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.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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