Fuirena striatella Lye

First published in Candollea 51: 4 (1996)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is N. Somalia. It is an annual and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

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

Type
N2, Ragad, 48°30’E, 10°57’N, Newbould 861 (K holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Tussocky annual; stems few–many, crowded, 2–10 cm long and c. 1 mm thick, often almost terete with longitudinal ridges, glabrous or with a few stiff hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5, the lowermost without or with very short blade; sheaths light reddish brown, brownish or green, densely hairy with short spreading hairs but uppermost sheaths usually glabrescent; ligule c. 1 mm tall, densely short-hairy to glabrous; blades probably to 20 cm or more long and 2–5 mm wide, rather thick, hairy on margin and sometimes on upper surface
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a terminal cluster of 3–10 crowded sessile or subsessile spikelets, sometimes with an additional stalked spikelet-cluster from the uppermost sheath of the stem
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 4–5 x 2–3 mm, ovate with obtuse apex, with 20–40 densely imbricate glumes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes c. 1.5 mm long (excluding the up to 1 mm long mucro), ovate-elliptic, reddish brown to greyish, hairy particularly near margin and on the excurrent greenish midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments usually 6, whitish; the 3 outer filiform, often curved and only 0.2–0.3 mm long; the 3 inner c. 0.8 mm long, filiform below, but ending in a minute irregular or anchor-like blade only c. 0.2 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene 0.8–1 x c. 0.5 mm, obovate, obtusely triangular, light reddish brown with longitudinally raised ribs and narrow rectangular surface cells between the ribs.
Distribution
N2 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 1350–1400 m.
Note
The nearest relative of this appears to be F. wallichiana Kunth in India.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0