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

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Annual; mat forming. Basal innovations flabellate. Culms 3-20 cm long. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades conduplicate; 2-6 cm long; 2-3 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes; deciduous as a whole. Peduncle disarticulating; disarticulating above uppermost sheath; base blunt. Racemes 1; single; clavate (corky); bilateral; 0.5-0.75 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 3-5 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis subterete; 2-3 mm wide; terminating in a barren extension; extension inconspicuous (corky). Spikelet packing abaxial. Spikelets sunken (representing reduced racemes); solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; dorsally compressed; 2-2.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; dorsally compressed; 2-2.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 0.2-0.5 mm long; 0.1-0.2 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume ovate; 0.2-0.5 mm long; 0.1-0.2 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex truncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; 3 -veined; acute. Palea of lower sterile floret winged on keels. Fertile lemma oblong; 2-2.5 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acute. Palea chartaceous. Palea apex obtuse.
Distribution
Africa: western Indian ocean.
Reference
Paniceae. Sauer.

Native to:

Aldabra

Stenotaphrum clavigerum Stapf appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dupont, P.R. [255], Madagascar K000244624

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1919: 142 (1919)

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.
  • Fosberg, F.R. & Renvoize, S.A. (1980). The Flora of Aldabra and neighbouring islands: 1-358. Crown, London.
  • Robertson, S.A. (1989). Flowering Plants of Seychelles: 1-327. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fosberg, F.R. & Renvoize, S.A. (1980). The Flora of Aldabra and neighbouring islands: 1-358. Crown, 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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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