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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to N. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short. Stolons absent, or present. Basal innovations subterete, or flabellate. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; (20-)50-100 cm long. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate; 5-20 cm long; 1.5-3.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex abruptly acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 4-8(-10); digitate; spreading, or ascending; unilateral; 4-9 cm long. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 3-4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 3-4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 1-2.2 mm long; 0.4-0.6 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 2.6-3.6 mm long; 0.8-0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma elliptic; laterally compressed; oblong in profile; 3-4 mm long; cartilaginous; pallid; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliolate. Lemma lateral veins close to margins. Lemma margins ciliolate; hairy above. Lemma apex obtuse; mucronate, or awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 0.5-2 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; separate; cuneate; 1.5-2.5 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas glabrous (scaberulous); muticous, or mucronate. Apical sterile lemma awns 0 per spikelet in number.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy. Anthers 3. Stigmas 2.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; trigonous. Hilum punctiform.
Distribution
Africa: northeast tropical and east tropical.
Reference
Cynodonteae. FTEA.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial; culms (20–)50–100 cm. high, erect or ascending, tufted, shortly rhizomatous or stoloniferous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades 5–20 cm. long, 1.5–3.5 mm. wide, flat or folded, abruptly acute at the apex; sheaths strongly keeled, occasionally flabellate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of 4–8(–10) digitate or subdigitate, loose to spreading, naked spikes 4–9 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 2-flowered, 1-awned; lower glume 1–2.2 mm. long; upper glume 2.6–3.6 mm. long; lowest lemma lanceolate in side view, 3–4 mm. long, pallid, ciliate on the margins and keel, the awn very short, 0.5–2 mm. long, rarely absent; callus rounded, ciliate; 2nd lemma projecting from the side of the lowest lemma, different in shape, 1.5–2.5 mm. long, glabrous or scabrid at the tip, rarely with a short mucro 0.5 mm. long.
Figures
Fig. 96/3, p. 338.
Habitat
Dry or seasonally damp grassland on poor soils; 1200–1800 m.
Distribution
K1 K4

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Chloris amethystea Hochst. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schimper [2247] K000257113
Schimper [2] K000257114 Unknown type material
Bogdan, A. [AB5552], Kenya K000489826
Bogdan, A. [AB1119], Kenya K000489833
Bogdan, A. [AB2189], Kenya K000489834
Adamson, A. [11666], Kenya K000489827
Gillett, J.B. [14065], Kenya K000489829
Gillett, J.B. [12852], Kenya K000489828
Bogdan, A. [AB3152], Kenya K000489835
Heathcote, O. [AB5369], Kenya K000489832
Bogdan, A. [AB4774], Kenya K000489831

First published in Flora 38: 205 (1855)

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.
  • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Clayton, W.D., Phillips, S.M., Renvoize, S.A. (1974). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 2: 177-449.
  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.V. Bogdan, A Revised List of Kenya Grasses p. 25 (1958).
  • Hochst. in Flora 38: 205 (1855).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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