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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial; culms up to 60 cm. high, erect or ascending, tufted or stoloniferous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades flat, 5–15 cm. long, 2–3 mm. wide; sheaths strongly keeled and flabellate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of 5–7 digitate loose or spreading spikes 9–10 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 4–6-flowered, 4–6-awned; lower glume 2 mm. long; upper glume 2.5–4 mm. long including the awn-point; lowest lemma ovate-elliptic in side view, 2.5 mm. long, pallid, long-ciliate along the keel, margins and flanks, the awn 12 mm. long, purplish; callus rounded, ciliate; 2nd lemma 1.75 mm. long, projecting from the side of the lowest lemma, similar in shape and pubescence, its awn 8–11 mm. long; 3rd–6th lemmas progressively smaller, ovate-elliptic glabrous awned scales.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland on poor soils; 270 m.
Distribution
K7 known only from the type

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Stolons absent, or present. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 30-60 cm long. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 5-15 cm long; 2-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes 5-7; digitate; unilateral; 9-10 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; 2.5-4 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; 2.5-4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded; obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 2 mm long; 0.5-0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 2.5-4 mm long; 1-2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex setaceously attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; laterally compressed; ovate in profile; 2.5 mm long; cartilaginous; pallid; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliate. Lemma lateral veins close to margins. Lemma surface pilose. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical; 12 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets 3-5 in number; barren; in a clump; ovate; 1.75 mm long. Apical sterile lemmas pilose; adorned all over; awned; 1 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns subapical; 8-11 mm long; 3-5 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: east tropical.
Reference
Cynodonteae. FTEA.

Native to:

Kenya

Chloris woodii Renvoize appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 23, 1972 Wood, D. [1363], Kenya K000257109 Unknown type material

First published in Kew Bull. 27: 331 (1972)

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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Renv. in Kew Bulletin 27: 331 (1972).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0