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

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms erect; 25-45 cm long. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blades convolute; 5-15 cm long; 1 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear to oblong; 2.5-6 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; 6-16 in number; with sessile scars on axis. Panicle axis angular; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1-2 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; connate into a cup below; with 2-4 mm connate; 6-9 mm long; base obconical. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with an outer whorl of thinner bristles; inner bristles longer than outer; with one conspicuously longer bristle; 10-15 mm long; flattened; flexible (often wavy); antrorsely scaberulous; glabrous, or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acute; 4-5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acute; 4-5 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; 0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 1 length of fertile lemma; membranous; 5 -veined; acute. Fertile lemma lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 4-5 mm long; coriaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma margins covering most of palea. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea 1 length of lemma; coriaceous; 2 -veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3.
Distribution
Africa: northeast tropical.
Reference
Paniceae. WDC.

[FSOM]

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

Type
N2, “Erigavo”, McKinnon 221 (K holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Densely tufted perennial up to 45 cm high; leaves inrolled, 1 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle 2.5–6 cm long; involucre cup-shaped, 6–9 mm long; inner bristles much exceeding the spikelets, one of them longer and stouter than the rest, flattened at the base, connate for 1/2 their length to form a cup, shortly ciliate below, filiform above, flexuous, antrorsely scaberulous; outer bristles filiform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 1–2 per burr, 4–5 mm long.
Distribution
N2, 3 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 1500–2200 m.
Vernacular
Godo maat (Somali).

Native to:

Somalia

Cenchrus somalensis Clayton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
McKinnon, A.S. [S221], Somalia K000281255 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 32: 3 (1977)

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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by T. A. Cope [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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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/
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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