1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Hickelia A.Camus
      1. Hickelia alaotrensis A.Camus

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Madagascar.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Culms leaning, or rambling; woody. Culm-internodes terete; thick-walled. Lateral branches dendroid. Bud complement 1. Branch complement many; with 1 branch dominant; thinner than stem. Culm-sheaths glabrous. Culm-sheath blade lanceolate. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface, or puberulous. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 3.5-6 cm long; 5-9 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation without cross veins. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or puberulous; hairy abaxially. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence bractiferous; linear; with glumaceous subtending bracts; without axillary buds at base of spikelet. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 15 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes two, or several; 2-3 empty glumes; persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; chartaceous; without keels. Lower glume margins ciliolate. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 6-10 mm long; chartaceous; without keels. Upper glume margins ciliolate. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea; attached to and deciduous with the fertile. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to fertile lemma; ovate; 10 mm long; indurate; ciliolate on margins; acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 10 mm long; indurate; shiny; without keel. Lemma margins ciliolate. Lemma apex cuspidate. Palea ovate; 11-12 mm long; coriaceous. Palea keels contiguous above a sulcus. Palea apex pubescent. Rhachilla extension 0.2 length of fertile floret.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3. Anthers 6. Stigmas 3. Ovary umbonate; pubescent on apex.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with tardily free pericarp; ovoid; hairy at apex.
    Distribution
    Africa: western Indian ocean.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. Dransfield 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Madagascar

    Hickelia alaotrensis A.Camus appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Soc. Bot. France 102: 120 (1955)

    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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. 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