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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central Tropical Africa (Ruwenzori, Mt. Elgon).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect; 25-75 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 10-18 mm long. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate; 10-30 cm long; 3-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; scabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; oblong; effuse; 15-25 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 7-8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Rhachilla internodes definite; pilose. Floret callus pilose.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 7-8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Rhachilla internodes definite; pilose. Floret callus pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; shiny. Lower glume linear, or lanceolate; 6-7.5 mm long; 0.8-0.9 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 elliptic; 7-8 mm long; 1.7-1.8 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scaberulous. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma oblong; 4-5 mm long; membranous; yellow, mid-green, and purple; shiny; without keel; 4 -veined. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; obtuse; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn dorsal; arising 0.1 way up back of lemma; straight; 2-5 mm long overall; not or scarcely exserted from spikelet. Palea keels scaberulous. Rhachilla extension 0.2-0.3 length of fertile floret; pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; membranous. Anthers 3; 1.5-2.5 mm long. Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: east tropical.
Reference
Aveneae. FTEA.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Densely tufted perennial; culms erect, up to 75 cm. high.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades 10–30 cm. long and 3–5 mm. wide, flat, or rolled when dry, coarsely ridged above, scabrid on the ridges; ligule subchartaceous, 10–18 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle oblong, ± 20 cm. long, loose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets linear, 7–8 mm. long, 2–3-flowered, green tinged with purple and with golden tips; lower glume linear to narrowly lanceolate, acute, the upper elliptic-linear to narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, 3-nerved, acute; lemma lanceolate-oblong to oblong, 4–5 mm. long, obtusely 2-lobed with the lobes minutely lacerate, awned from near the base; awns straight, capillary, up to 5 mm. long, scarcely projecting beyond the glumes.
Figures
Fig. 31.
Habitat
Marshy places near streamsides and lake margins in upland moor; 3600–4300 m.
Distribution
K3 U2 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Uganda, Zaïre

Deschampsia angusta Stapf & C.E.Hubb. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 1, 1934 Humphreys, G.N. [513], Uganda K000307882 holotype
Oct 1, 1934 Eggeling, W. J. [1336], Uganda K000345023

First published in J. Bot. 66: 40 (1928)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.
  • 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. (1970). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 1: 1-176.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C. E. Hubbard in Flora of Tropical Africa 10: 90 (1937).
  • Eggeling, Ann. list grasses Ug.: 13 (1947).
  • K.W. Harker & D.M. Napper, An Illustrated Guide to the Grasses of Uganda p. 24 (1960).
  • Stapf & Hubbard in Journal of Botany 66: 40 (1928).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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