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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Zambia.

[FZ]

Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Erect or decumbent annual, (15) 30–75 cm. tall, with numerous branches from the base upwards (or small plants unbranched below the inflorescence), vegetative parts glabrous or with scattered strigose hairs (especially along the margins and midrib of the upper leaves and on the upper internodes).
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches strongly striate, subsulcate, or the basal internodes terete, nodes slightly swollen.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear, 3.5–12 × 0.2–1 cm., rather blunt at the apex with a distinct mucro formed by the confluence of the thickened margins and strong, excurrent midrib, attenuate and subsessile at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of axillary spikes c. 0.7 cm. wide and finally elongating to as much as c. 14 cm., on peduncles 0.2–6.5 cm. long, the upper often alternate; bracts deltoid-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm. long, membranous except for the greenish, excurrent midrib, finally spreading; bracteoles similar but slightly smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals green or sometimes suffused with red or brown, prominently 3-nerved and the nerves confluent with the midrib above but not excurrent in a mucro; outer 2 lanceolate-oblong, 3.5–4 mm. long, obtuse, with a very narrow hyaline border, shortly scabrid-pilose along the margins, nerves and often also between the nerves; inner 2 more broadly hyaline-bordered, the margins fringed with long, white hairs; middle tepal with one margin broadly hyaline and long-pilose, the other narrowly hyaline and scabrid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 2.5 mm. long, very delicate, almost free; pseudostaminodes none.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 2.75–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ovoid, 1.5–2 mm., black, shining, faintly reticulate.

[FTEA]

Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Erect or decumbent annual, (15–) 30–75 cm. tall, with numerous branches from the base upwards (or small plants unbranched below the inflorescence), vegetative parts glabrous or with scattered strigose hairs (especially along the margins and midrib of the upper leaves and on the upper internodes).
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches strongly striate, subsulcate, or the basal internodes terete, nodes slightly swollen.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear, 3.5–12 × 0.2–1 cm., rather blunt at the apex with a distinct mucro formed by the confluence of the thickened margins and strong excurrent midrib, attenuate and subsessile at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of axillary spikes ± 0.7 cm. wide and finally elongating to as much as ± 14 cm., on peduncles 0.2–6.5 cm. long, the upper usually alternate; bracts deltoid-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm., membranous except for the greenish excurrent midrib, finally spreading; bracteoles similar but slightly smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals green or sometimes suffused with red or brown, prominently 3-nerved and the nerves confluent with the midrib above but not excurrent in a mucro; outer 2 lanceolate-oblong, 3.5–4 mm., obtuse, with a very narrow hyaline border, shortly scabrid-pilose along the margins, nerves and often also between the nerves; inner 2 more broadly hyaline-bordered, the margins fringed with long white hairs; middle tepal with one margin broadly hyaline and long-pilose, the other narrowly hyaline and scabrid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 2.5 mm., very delicate, almost free; pseudostaminodes none.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style ± 0.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 2.75–3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ovoid, 1.5–2 mm., black, shining, faintly reticulate.
Habitat
Usually on damp ground; in ditches, seasonally wet grassland, on stream banks, in Acacia woodland – even in deep mud in a swamp; soil black clay: 110–1800 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 T1 T2 T4 T5 T8 U1

Doubtfully present in:

Sudan

Native to:

Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Psilotrichum schimperi Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 1, 1962 Bogdan, A. [AB1642], Kenya K000243679 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1952 Schimper [1388], Ethiopia K000243665

First published in Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1891: 207 (1892)

Accepted by

  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 136 (1974).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 71 (1953).
  • Engl., Hochgebirgsfl. Trop. Afr.: 207 (1892).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1: 120 (1950).
  • J. G. Baker & C. B. Clarke in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 59 (1909).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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