1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Hickelia A.Camus
      1. Hickelia perrieri (A.Camus) S.Dransf.

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Culms rambling; 400-600 cm long; 40-60 mm diam.; 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; erect; 15 cm long; 30 mm wide. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface; outer margin hairy. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 3.5-11 cm long; 5-9 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation without cross veins. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Synflorescence bractiferous; scanty; 3-5 cm long; with glumaceous subtending bracts; without axillary buds at base of spikelet. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; acuminate; 15-16 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; acuminate; 15-16 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes one to two the lower present in some spikelets; persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0.6-0.8 length of upper glume; chartaceous; without keels; 21-23 -veined. Lower glume surface pubescent; hairy above. Lower glume margins ciliolate. Lower glume hairs tawny. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume ovate; 9-14 mm long; chartaceous; without keels; 21-23 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent; hairy above. Upper glume hairs tawny. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea; attached to and deciduous with the fertile. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to fertile lemma; ovate; 9-14 mm long; 1 length of spikelet; indurate; 9 -veined; with cross-veins; pubescent; hairy above; ciliolate on margins; bearing tawny hairs; cuspidate. Fertile lemma ovate; 14-15 mm long; indurate; shiny; without keel; 9-11 -veined. Lemma lateral veins with cross-veins. Lemma surface pubescent; hairy above. Lemma apex cuspidate; mucronate. Palea ovate; 12 mm long; 0.9 length of lemma; coriaceous; 9 -veined. Palea keels contiguous above a sulcus. Palea surface pubescent; hairy on back. Rhachilla extension 0.2-0.4 length of fertile floret.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 3. Anthers 6; 8-9 mm long. Stigmas 3. Ovary umbonate; pubescent on apex.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with tardily free pericarp; ovoid; hairy at apex.
    Distribution
    Africa: western Indian ocean.
    Reference
    Bambuseae. Camus.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Madagascar

    Hickelia perrieri (A.Camus) S.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 30, 1991 Perrier de la Bâthie, J.M.H.A. [4122], Madagascar K000345520 Unknown type material
    Sep 30, 1991 Perrier de la Bâthie, J.M.H.A. [4122], Madagascar K000345521

    First published in Kew Bull. 49: 441 (1994)

    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

    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 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