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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Tufted perennial up to 1 m high; leaves linear, tapering
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a head of 3–4 digitate racemes, these 5–9(–14) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets olive-green, 2-flowered, 2-awned; fertile lemma lanceolate in profile, 3.5–5.2 mm long, glabrous below, thinly pilose on the flanks above, with an awn 7–12 mm long; 2nd lemma an elliptic awned rudiment or reduced to an awned rhachilla-segment.
Distribution
N1; Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 1600–2000 m.
Vernacular
Baldostie godie, iya makarai (Somali).

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms erect; 30-70 cm long. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 15-30 cm long; 3-7 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes digitate, or borne along a central axis; spreading, or ascending; unilateral; 8-9 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; 3.5-5.2 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; 3.5-5.2 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; 1.4-3 mm long; 0.4-0.6 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; 3.2-5 mm long; 0.9 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 elliptic; laterally compressed; lanceolate in profile; 3.5-5.2 mm long; cartilaginous; dark green; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein eciliate. Lemma lateral veins close to margins. Lemma margins ciliolate; hairy above. Lemma apex awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 7-12 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; male; elliptic; 0.5-2 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas glabrous (scabrous); awned; 1 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns subapical; 1.5-3.5 mm long; 1 per spikelet in number.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy. Anthers 3; 1-1.5 mm long. Stigmas 2.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; trigonous; 2-2.2 mm long. Hilum punctiform.
Distribution
Africa: northeast tropical.
Reference
Cynodonteae. Anderson.

Native to:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen

Chloris mensensis (Schweinf.) Cufod. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Brockman? [480], Somalia K000257111 Unknown type material

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 38(Suppl.): 1290 (1968)

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.
  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A Handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A Handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by T. A. Cope [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
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