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This species is accepted, and its native range is Sahara to NW. India.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Stolons present. Culms decumbent; 10-30(-90) cm long. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blades conduplicate; (1-)2.5-15 cm long; 2-3 mm wide; glaucous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes (2-)3-5; digitate; unilateral; 1.5-4.5 cm long. Rhachis deciduous from axis; angular; glabrous on margins. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; crowded. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 4-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic, or oblong; laterally compressed; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 4-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic, or oblong; laterally compressed; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 0.5 length of upper glume; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume oblong; 0.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 3 -veined (all in keel). Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; 3.8-5.5 mm long; chartaceous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface glabrous, or pilose; hairy above. Lemma margins pubescent; hairy below. Lemma apex acute; muticous, or mucronate. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: north and northeast tropical. Asia-temperate: western Asia and Arabia. Asia-tropical: India.
Reference
Eragrostideae. WDC.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General
Sprawling perennial with stolons up to 1 m long and prostrate or ascending stems up to 40 cm high; leaves glaucous, flat or inrolled, short, stiff and pungent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 2–4 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 3- to 8-flowered, 6–8 mm long; lower glume 2.5–3 mm long; upper glume 3.6–5.6 mm long; lemmas 4–5.6 mm long.
Distribution
N1; S2 through Arabia to Pakistan and north-west India.
Ecology
Altitude range 0–430 m.
Vernacular
Hari hari (Somali).

Native to:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf States, India, Iran, Libya, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, West Himalaya, Yemen

Chloris flagellifera (Nees) P.M.Peterson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [146], Sicilia Panicum compressum K000674307
Dec 1, 1964 Royle, J.F. [s.n.], India Ochthochloa compressa K000245059
Bove, N. [1] Ochthochloa compressa K000315582
Schimper, W. [800], Saudi Arabia Ochthochloa compressa K000907144
Schimper, W. [800], Saudi Arabia Ochthochloa compressa K000907153
Aucher-Eloy, P.M.R. [5469], Saudi Arabia Ochthochloa compressa K000907146
Schimper, W. [800], Saudi Arabia Ochthochloa compressa K000907145

First published in Taxon 64: 458 (2015)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1993). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 2(2): 433-968. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Cope, T.A., Knees, S.G. & Miller, A.G. (2007). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 5(1): 1-387. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Gillet, H. (1968). Le peuplement végétal du massif de l'Ennedi (Tchad) Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Serie B. Botanique 17: 1-206.
  • 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.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Kandwal, M.K. & Gupta, B.K. (2009). An update on grass flora of Uttarkhand Indian Journal of Forestry 32: 657-668.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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