Urochloa villosa (Lam.) T.Q.Nguyen

This species is accepted, and its native range is Cape Verde to Uganda, Tropical & Subtropical Asia.

[FTEA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips & S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

Morphology General Habit
Loosely tufted or creeping annual; culms 10–50 cm. high.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly lanceolate, 1–7 cm. long, 2–6 mm. wide, the margins cartilaginous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of 5–10 racemes on an axis 3–7 cm. long; racemes 1–4 cm. long, secund, bearing single or paired spikelets (sometimes short side branchlets at base of longer racemes) on a ± pubescent triquetrous rhachis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets elliptic, 2–2.7 mm. long, glabrous or pubescent, sometimes with a short transverse fringe of hairs near the tip, acute to subacute, without a stipe; lower glume 1/3–1/2 the length of the spikelet, clasping; upper glume separated from the lower by a slight internode; upper lemma granulose to rugulose, acute to mucronulate.
Habitat
Weedy places; 1200 m.
Distribution
U4 western Africa from Mauritania to ZaireSudantropical Asia

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Annual; culms solitary, or caespitose. Culms decumbent; 10-50 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 1-7 cm long; 2-6 mm wide. Leaf-blade margins cartilaginous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 5-10; borne along a central axis; unilateral; 1-4 cm long; simple, or with branchlets at base of longer racemes. Central inflorescence axis 3-7 cm long. Rhachis wingless; angular; pubescent on surface. Spikelet packing adaxial; irregular. Spikelets solitary, or in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; compressed slightly; subacute, or acute; 2-2.7 mm long; with hairs extending 0-0.5 mm beyond apex; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated between glumes.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; compressed slightly; subacute, or acute; 2-2.7 mm long; with hairs extending 0-0.5 mm beyond apex; falling entire. Rhachilla internodes elongated between glumes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; clasping; 0.33-0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pubescent; without hair tufts, or with a transverse fringe of hair. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; with palea, or without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume; oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; glabrous, or pubescent; without hair tufts, or with a transverse fringe of hair; acute. Fertile lemma elliptic; 1.5-2.5 mm long; indurate; without keel. Lemma surface striate; unwrinkled, or rugulose. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex acute, or apiculate. Palea involute; indurate; without keels.
Distribution
Africa: west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, and east tropical. Asia-temperate: China and eastern Asia. Asia-tropical: India, Indo-China, Malesia, and Papuasia.
Reference
Paniceae. FTEA.

[FWTA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
Slender annual up to about 45 cm. high
Note
Sometimes displays a vegetative proliferation of the spikelets
Ecology
Disturbed soils.

Native to:

Assam, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Djibouti, East Himalaya, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South China Sea, Sudan, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Maryland

Urochloa villosa (Lam.) T.Q.Nguyen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1957 Stainton, J.D.A [1374], Nepal Brachiaria villosa K000245299 holotype Yes
Royle [s.n.], India Brachiaria villosa K000245298 isosyntype Yes
Thonning [395], Ghana Brachiaria villosa K000282163 Yes
Milne-Redhead, E. [5105], Ghana Brachiaria villosa K000282161 Yes
la Danso, I. [65], Ghana Brachiaria villosa K000282162 Yes
Laegaard, S. [21767], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688100 No
Smitinand, T. [1903], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688103 No
Laegaard, S. [21636], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688098 No
Laegaard, S. [21637], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688099 No
Sorensen, Th. [5588], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688101 No
Murata, G. [T-15874], Thailand Brachiaria villosa K000688102 No
Sihronen, J. [247], Burkina Faso Brachiaria villosa K000211949 No
Jun 5, 1963 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [4347], Burkina Faso Brachiaria distichophylla K000211950 No
Jun 4, 1963 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [4317], Burkina Faso Brachiaria distichophylla K000211948 No

First published in Novosti Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 3: 14 (1966)

Not 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. [Cited as Brachiaria villosa.]

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