1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Cymbopogon Spreng.
      1. Cymbopogon nardus (L.) Rendle

        This species is accepted, and its native range is South Sudan to S. Africa and Indo-China.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Butt sheaths persistent and investing base of culm. Culms 75-300 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 3-9 mm long. Leaf-blades drooping; flat; 20-60 cm long; 3-15 mm wide; aromatic. Leaf-blade surface smooth, or scaberulous.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence compound; linear; 15-60 cm long; dense. Inflorescence composed of racemes; terminal and axillary; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Spatheole elliptic; 1-2.5 cm long. Racemes 2; paired; deflexed; 1-2 cm long. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; semiterete; ciliate on margins. Rhachis hairs 0.5-3 mm long. Rhachis internodes linear. Rhachis internode tip transverse; cupuliform. Raceme-bases flattened; subequal. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels linear; semiterete; ciliate.
    Sterile
    Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 2 in number (lower raceme); 0 in upper raceme; with normal internodes; sessile and pedicelled. Basal sterile spikelet pedicels free; linear. Basal sterile spikelets equalling fertile. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; lanceolate; 3.5-6 mm long; as long as fertile; deciduous with the fertile. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; distinctly veined; 3-7 -veined (intercarinal); acute; muticous. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 2; enclosed by glumes.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; (3-)3.5-7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus pilose; base obtuse; inserted. Basal sterile spikelets well-developed; 2 in number (lower raceme); 0 in upper raceme; with normal internodes; sessile and pedicelled. Basal sterile spikelet pedicels free; linear. Basal sterile spikelets equalling fertile. Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; lanceolate; 3.5-6 mm long; as long as fertile; deciduous with the fertile. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; distinctly veined; 3-7 -veined (intercarinal); acute; muticous. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas 2; enclosed by glumes.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; (3-)3.5-7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus pilose; base obtuse; inserted.
    Glume
    Glumes dissimilar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume linear; 1 length of spikelet; chartaceous; 2-keeled; keeled all along; keeled laterally; winged on keel; winged above. Lower glume intercarinal veins absent, or obscure; 0-4 in number. Lower glume surface convex, or flat, or concave. Lower glume apex emarginate. Upper glume lanceolate; 1-keeled. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret hyaline. Fertile lemma lanceolate; hyaline; without keel. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; incised 0.5 of lemma length; muticous, or awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 5-15 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn glabrous. Palea absent or minute.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Distribution
    Africa: west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, south, and western Indian ocean. Asia-temperate: China and eastern Asia. Asia-tropical: India, Indo-China, and Malesia. Pacific: southwestern and northwestern. South America: Caribbean and northern South America.
    Reference
    Andropogoneae. FTEA.
    Diagnostic
    Leaf-blades drooping for one third their length.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Provinces, East Himalaya, Free State, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Bahamas, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Brazil Northeast, Brazil West-Central, Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Florida, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Jawa, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maldives, Maluku, Marianas, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nansei-shoto, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Niue, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sumatera, Taiwan, Trinidad-Tobago

    Cymbopogon nardus (L.) Rendle appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Scott Elliot, G.F. [7021] K000280436
    Scott Elliot, G.F. [7680] K000280511
    Scott Elliot, G.F. [7581] K000280510
    Rhind, D. [926], Myanmar K000245875 holotype
    Burchell [3845], South Africa K000280454 lectotype
    Maxwell [s.n.], Sri Lanka K000245874 syntype
    South Africa K000280452
    Gardner, G. [1039], Sri Lanka K000245873 syntype
    Hohenacker, R.F. [932], India K000245869 isotype
    Hohenacker, R.F. [932], India K000245868 isotype
    Claessens [1503] K000280568 isotype
    Zeyher, South Africa K000280447
    Zeyher, South Africa K000280458 isotype
    Wood, J.M. [1622], South Africa K000280450 lectotype
    Krauss [87], South Africa K000280449
    Ecklon [919] K000280440 isotype
    Ecklon [919] K000280457
    Cooper, T. [1065], South Africa K000280453
    Rehmann, A. [7600], South Africa K000280451
    E.S.C.A.Herbarium [118], South Africa K000280455
    Rogers, F.A. [5672] K000280498 holotype
    Powell, H. [21] K000280438
    Powell, H. [21] K000280435
    James, E. K000280437
    Harvey? [52], South Africa K000280448
    Mund, South Africa K000280456
    Dümmer, R. [445], Uganda K000280509 syntype
    Walker, G.W. [s.n.], Sri Lanka K000974897
    Walker, G.W. [s.n.], Sri Lanka K000245872
    Thwaites, G.H.K. [3784], Sri Lanka K000974896 Unknown type material
    Thwaites, G.H.K. [3784], Sri Lanka K000245871 holotype
    Schmid, L.B.E. [s.n.], India K000245870 syntype

    First published in W.P.Hiern, Cat. Afr. Pl. 2: 155 (1899)

    Accepted by

    • Franck, A.R., Anderson, L.C., Burkhalter, J.R. & Dickman, S. (2016). Additions to the flora of Florida, U.S.A. (2010-2015) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 10: 175-190.
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    • Giraldo-Cañas, D. (2011). Catálogo de la familia Poaceae en Colombia Darwiniana 49: 139-247.
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    • Ahmed, Z.U. (ed.) (2008). Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh 12: 1-505. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
    • Pandey, R.P. & Dilwakar, P.G. (2008). An integrated check-list flora of Andaman and Nicobar islands, India Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 32: 403-500.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    • Newman, M., Ketphanh, S., Svengsuksa, B., Thomas, P., Sengdala, K., Lamxay, V. & Armstrong, K. (2007). A checklist of the vascular plants of Lao PDR: 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Dávila, P., Mejia-Saulés, M.T., Gómez-Sánchez, N., Valdés-Reyna, J., Ortíz, J.J., Morín, C., Castrejón, J. & Ocampo, A. (2006). Catálogo de las Gramíneas de México: 1-671. CONABIO, México city.
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    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1988). Flora du Rwanda 4: I-X, 1-651. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Clayton, W.D. & Renvoize, S.A. (1982). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 3: 451-898.
    • Walker, E.H. (1976). Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu islands: 1-1159. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
    • Gilliland, H.B. (1971). A revised flora of Malaya 3: 1-319. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Singapore.

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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    • Giraldo-Cañas, D. (2011). Catálogo de la familia Poaceae en Colombia Darwiniana 49: 139-247.
    • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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    • Newman, M., Ketphanh, S., Svengsuksa, B., Thomas, P., Sengdala, K., Lamxay, V. & Armstrong, K. (2007). A checklist of the vascular plants of Lao PDR: 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Dávila, P., Mejia-Saulés, M.T., Gómez-Sánchez, N., Valdés-Reyna, J., Ortíz, J.J., Morín, C., Castrejón, J. & Ocampo, A. (2006). Catálogo de las Gramíneas de México: 1-671. CONABIO, México city.
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    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
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