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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Northern Prov.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Morphology General Habit
Annual; caespitose. Stolons absent, or present. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 40-85 cm long; wiry; 4-8 -noded. Lateral branches lacking, or sparse. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 10-30 cm long; 4-7 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; pilose; hairy abaxially. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 4-6; digitate; spreading; unilateral; 5-8 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; 3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus obtuse.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 3.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 2-2.5 mm long; 0.6-0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 3.5 mm long; 1 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; 3.5 mm long; cartilaginous; pallid; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent; hairy above. Lemma apex obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 8-12 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; separate; elliptic; 1 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas awned; 1 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns subapical; 2-8 mm long; 1 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: southern tropical and south.
Reference
Cynodonteae. Renvoize 1997.

[FZ]

Gramineae, T. Cope. Flora Zambesiaca 10:2. 1999

Morphology General Habit
Rhizomatous and stoloniferous perennial up to 85 cm tall, erect or ascending; leaf laminas 10–30 cm × 4–7 mm, flat, tapering to a fine point.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of 4–6 digitate or subdigitate racemes 5–8 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 2-flowered, 2-awned; inferior glume 2–2.5 mm long; superior glume 3.3–3.9 mm long; floret callus oblong; fertile lemma c. 3.5 mm long, elliptic in profile, pallid, sparsely ciliate on the margins above, otherwise glabrous, the awn 8–12 mm long; 2nd lemma a narrowly oblong scale c. 1 mm long, with an awn 2–8 mm long.

Native to:

Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Chloris diluta Renvoize appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1977 Simon, B. K., Rushworth, J. E. [1830] K000365079 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 31: 844 (1977)

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.
  • Cope, T. (1999). Flora Zambesiaca 10(2): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Cope, T. (1999). Flora Zambesiaca 10(2): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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