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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa to Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
Stout perennial up to 5 m. high
Ecology
Streambanks.

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes elongated. Butt sheaths pilose. Culms erect; 45-120 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades flat, or convolute; 10-40 cm long; 3-10 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear; 6-17 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with lateral stumps on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs; smooth; glabrous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; oblong; 2-8 mm long; base obtuse. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with one conspicuously longer bristle; 4-10 mm long; terete; flexible; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; acute; 3.5-4.5 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; 3.5-4.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes one the lower absent or obscure, or two; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblate; 0-0.5 mm long; 0-0.1 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume ovate; 0.1-0.15 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0-1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent, or distinct. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex obtuse, or acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; 0.5-0.66 length of spikelet; membranous; 1-3 -veined; smooth, or scaberulous; rough above; acute, or acuminate. Fertile lemma ovate; 3-4 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface scaberulous; rough above. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1.1 length of lemma; membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3; 1.5-2.5 mm long; anther tip smooth. Styles free to the base, or connate below.
Distribution
Africa: west-central tropical and east tropical.
Reference
Paniceae. FTEA.

[FTEA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips & S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

Morphology General Habit
Coarse densely caespitose perennial with rhizomes; culms 45–120 cm. high, erect.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades linear, 10–40 cm. long, 3–10 mm. wide, flat or convolute, tapering to an acute tip; basal sheaths loosely pilose, at least when young.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle linear, 6–17 cm. long; rhachis cylindrical, with rounded ribs and distinct peduncle-stumps, scaberulous; involucre enclosing 1 subsessile spikelet, stipeless but not truncate at the base; bristles glabrous, the longest 4–10 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets elliptic-lanceolate, 3.5–4.5 mm. long, acute; lower glume suppressed or up to 0.5 mm.; upper glume up to 1/6 the length of the spikelet, acute to obtuse; lower lemma barren, 1/3–2/3 the length of the spikelet, acute to acuminate; upper lemma acute, slightly shorter than the spikelet, being overtopped by the palea; anther-tips smooth.
Habitat
Wet or low-lying places in mountain grassland or bamboo; 2300–2600 m.
Distribution
U2

[FTEA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton, S. M. Phillips & S. A. Renvoize. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1974

Morphology General Habit
Reed-like perennial from a creeping rhizome; culms 0.6–5 m. high, often robust, scaberulous or occasionally pubescent below the panicle; nodes brown.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades 10–45 cm. long, 2–10(–15) mm. wide, hard, glaucous, often convolute, with a filiform tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle linear, often elongated, 6–40 cm. long; rhachis cylindrical with rounded ribs, with or without peduncle-stumps, scaberulous or sometimes pubescent; involucre enclosing 1 sessile spikelet, without a distinct stipe at the base; bristles glabrous, the longest 5–20 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate, 2–6 mm. long, acute to acuminate; lower glume up to 1 mm. long, usually obtuse; upper glume 1/8–1/4 as long as the spikelet, usually acute to acuminate, occasionally obtuse; lower lemma ♂ or barren, 3/4 to as long as the spikelet; upper lemma scarcely differing in texture from the lower.
Habitat
River banks and stream beds; 700–2300 m.
Distribution
K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 T4 T5 T6 T7 U1 U3 tropical and South Africa, but rare west of Cameroun

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms reed-like; 60-500 cm long. Culm-nodes brown. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades flat, or convolute; 10-45 cm long; 2-10(-15) mm wide; coriaceous; glaucous. Leaf-blade apex filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle scaberulous above; glabrous, or pubescent above. Panicle spiciform; linear; 6-40 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with lateral stumps on axis, or with sessile scars on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs; smooth; glabrous, or pubescent; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; oblong; 5-10 mm long; base obtuse. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with longest bristle scarcely emergent, or with one conspicuously longer bristle; 5-20 mm long; terete; flexible; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic, or ovate; dorsally compressed; cuspidate, or acuminate; 2-6 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic, or ovate; dorsally compressed; cuspidate, or acuminate; 2-6 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes one the lower absent or obscure, or two; dissimilar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic, or oblate; 0.5-1 mm long; 0.1-0.15 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume lanceolate, or oblong; 0.1-0.25 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 0-3 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent, or distinct. Upper glume apex obtuse, or acute, or acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male, or barren; with palea, or without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 0.75-1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5-9 -veined; obtuse, or acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 2-6 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5-7 -veined. Lemma surface scaberulous; rough above. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3; 2-2.5 mm long; anther tip smooth. Styles free to the base, or connate below.
Distribution
Africa: west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, south, and middle Atlantic ocean. Asia-temperate: Arabia. Australasia: Australia and New Zealand.
Reference
Paniceae. FTEA.

[FZ]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton. Flora Zambesiaca 10:3. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Reed-like perennial from a creeping rhizome.
Morphology Culms
Culms 0.6–5 m. high, often robust, rarely-pubescent below the panicle.
Morphology Leaves Leaf lamina
Leaf laminae 2–10(15) mm. wide, hard, flat or sometimes convolute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle 6–40 cm. long, linear; rhachis cylindrical with rounded ribs, with or without peduncle stumps, scaberulous or sometimes pubescent; involucre enclosing 1 sessile spikelet without distinct stipe; bristles glabrous, the longest 5–20 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets 2–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Inferior glume up to 1 mm. long, the superior 1/8–1/4 length of spikelet.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Lemma
Inferior lemma 3/4 to as long as spikelet, acute. Superior lemma similar to the inferior.
Inferior
Inferior lemma 3/4 to as long as spikelet, acute.
Superior
Superior lemma similar to the inferior.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Reed-like perennial from a creeping rhizome; stems up to 1 m high; leaves often inrolled, hard, glaucous; ligule a line of hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle linear, 6–20 cm long; rhachis cylindrical with rounded ribs, with or without peduncle-stumps, scaberulous or pubescent; involucre enclosing 1 sessile spikelet, with or without a stipe at the base; bristles glabrous, the longest 5–20 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate, 2–6 mm long; lower glume up to 1/4 the length of the spikelet; upper glume 1/8–1/4(–1/2) the length of the spikelet, acute to acuminate, sometimes obtuse; lower lemma male or barren, 3/4 as long to as long as the spikelet, acute to cuspidate; upper lemma similar to the lower.
Distribution
N2 tropical and South Africa, mainly in the east; Arabia
Ecology
Altitude c. 1500 m.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Austria, California, Canary Is., Great Britain, Hawaii, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, St.Helena, Texas

English
Riverbank pennisetum, Riverbed grass

Cenchrus caudatus (Schrad.) Kuntze appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1932 Burtt, B.D. [2925], Uganda Pennisetum mildbraedii K000281220
May 1, 1932 Snowden, J.D. [1458], Uganda Pennisetum mildbraedii K000281221 Unknown type material
Jun 1, 2001 Ghogue, J.-P. [505], Cameroon Pennisetum macrourum K000107879
Aug 1, 1976 Schimper [1044], Ethiopia Pennisetum macrourum K000281154 isotype
Schimper [93], Ethiopia Pennisetum macrourum K000281157 isosyntype
Schimper [93], Ethiopia Pennisetum macrourum K000281156 isosyntype
Schimper [93], Ethiopia Pennisetum macrourum K000281155 isosyntype
Quartin-Dillon [184], Ethiopia Pennisetum macrourum K000281151
Leroy, Gabon Pennisetum macrourum K000281167 isotype
Vanderyst, H. [B86], Zaïre Pennisetum macrourum K000281172
Vanderyst, H. [B86], Zaïre Pennisetum macrourum K000281171
Vanderyst, H. [5038], Zaire Pennisetum macrourum K000281170
Vanderyst, H. [5058], Zaïre Pennisetum macrourum K000281169
Vanderyst, H. [5030], Zaire Pennisetum macrourum K000281168 isosyntype
Haarer, A.E. [2506], Tanzania Pennisetum macrourum K000281205 holotype
Haarer, A.E. [2506], Tanzania Pennisetum macrourum K000281206 holotype
Stolz, A. [1069], Tanzania Pennisetum macrourum K000281204 isotype
Stolz, A. [1329], Tanzania Pennisetum macrourum K000281203 isotype
Stolz, A. [1294], Tanzania Pennisetum macrourum K000281207 holotype
Fries, R.E. [166], Kenya Pennisetum macrourum K000281208 isosyntype
Buchanan, J. [172], South Africa Pennisetum macrourum K000281267 holotype
Welwitsch [7426], Angola Pennisetum macrourum K000281276
Welwitsch [2723], Angola Pennisetum macrourum K000281275 isosyntype
Welwitsch [2723], Angola Pennisetum macrourum K000281274 isosyntype
Welwitsch [7507], Angola Pennisetum macrourum K000281277 isotype
Eyles, F. [3083], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281278
Eyles, F. [4771], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281279 holotype
Eyles, F. [4771], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281280 holotype
Eyles, F. [4771], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281281 holotype
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281285 holotype
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281287 holotype
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281286 Unknown type material
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281284 holotype
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281283 holotype
Eyles, F. [4903], Zimbabwe Pennisetum macrourum K000281282 holotype
Burtt-Davy, J. [2028/29], Malawi Pennisetum macrourum K000281288 holotype

First published in Revis. Gen. Pl. 3(2): 346 (1898)

Accepted by

  • von Raab-Straube, E. (ed.) (2005-continuously updated). The Euro+Med PlantBase - the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity http://ww2.bgbm.org/EuroPlusMed/query.asp.

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