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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & E. Australia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Stolons absent, or present. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms 30-50 cm long. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 3-15 cm long; 1-1.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth, or scaberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 3-9; digitate; spreading; unilateral; 4-17 cm long. Rhachis subterete; scabrous on surface. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; lax; regular. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 2.9-4 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; 2.9-4 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; 0.9-1.8 mm long; 0.5-0.6 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scaberulous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 2-2.9 mm long; 0.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scaberulous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma linear, or lanceolate; laterally compressed; 2.9-4 mm long; cartilaginous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous. Lemma margins pubescent; hairy above. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; incised 0.1 of lemma length; acute; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; 7.5-17 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; elliptic; 1.2-1.9 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas lobed; 2 -fid; acute; awned; 1 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns 4.5-9.5 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; ellipsoid; dorsally compressed; trigonous; 2.2 mm long.
Distribution
Australasia: Australia. Pacific: southwestern, south-central, and north-central.
Reference
Cynodonteae. Anderson.
Diagnostic
Sterile lemma lobed 0.15-0.5 its length.

Native to:

New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland

Introduced into:

Cook Is., Czechoslovakia, Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, New Caledonia, New Mexico, South Carolina, Taiwan, Texas, Tonga, Vanuatu

Chloris divaricata R.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Pancher, J.A.I. [s.n.], New Caledonia K000885714
Brown, R. [6244], Australia K000885774
Vieillard, E. [1491], New Caledonia K000885715
Brown, R. [s.n.], Northern Territory K000885775

First published in Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holland.: 186 (1810)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hadinec, J. & Lustyk, P. (eds.) (2014). Additamenta ad floram Reipublicae Bohemicae. XII Zprávy Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 49: 73-206.
  • Kuo, M.L. (ed.) (2012). Flora of Taiwan, ed. 2, Suppl.: 1-414. Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan, Second Edition, National Taiwan University.
  • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Hadinec, J. & Lustyk, P. (eds.) (2014). Additamenta ad floram Reipublicae Bohemicae. XII Zprávy Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 49: 73-206.
  • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

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