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This species is accepted, and its native range is Madagascar, Mauritius.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Stolons absent, or present. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms 10-30 cm long. Leaf-sheaths keeled; glabrous on surface, or pilose. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blades conduplicate; 1-6 cm long; 1 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 1-2; single, or paired; erect; unilateral; 1-3 cm long. Rhachis subterete. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; 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; 2.6-2.8 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; 2.6-2.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 1.7-2 mm long; 0.7-0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 2.5-2.8 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; 2.6-2.8 mm long; cartilaginous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 1-1.2 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; lanceolate; 1.3-2 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas pubescent; acute; awned; 1 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns 0.5-1.1 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; dorsally compressed; trigonous.
Distribution
Africa: western Indian ocean.
Reference
Cynodonteae. Anderson.

Native to:

Madagascar, Mauritius

Chloris filiformis (Vahl) Poir. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 1, 1932 Bouton, M. [s.n.], Mauritius K000244753
illegible [s.n.], Mauritius K000244755
unknown [s.n.], Mauritius K000244754

First published in J.B.A.M.de Lamarck, Encycl., Suppl. 2: 238 (1811)

Accepted by

  • Bosser, J. & Renvoize, S.A. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 203: 1-276. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • 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.
  • Hubbard, C.E. & Vaughan, R.E. (1940). Grasses of Mauritius and Rodriguez: 1-128. Crown Agents for the Colonies, London.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0