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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & N. Central Australia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Annual; caespitose; clumped loosely. Culms geniculately ascending; 35-70 cm long. Lateral branches ample. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 10-20 cm long; 5-7 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle; terminal and axillary. Peduncle scaberulous above; glabrous, or pubescent above. Panicle spiciform; oblong, or ovate; 3-8 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with sessile scars on axis. Panicle axis with briefly decurrent ribs; scaberulous; glabrous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; 20-40 mm long; base truncate; base 0.5 mm long; base pubescent. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with an outer whorl of thinner bristles; 3-4 in principal whorl; inner bristles longer than outer; 20-40 mm long; flattened; flexible; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6-7 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; 6-7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes one the lower absent or obscure; shorter than spikelet, or reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Upper glume lanceolate; 5-7 mm long; 0.9-1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 9-11 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; 1 length of spikelet; chartaceous; 7-9 -veined; acuminate. Fertile lemma lanceolate; 6-7 mm long; chartaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea chartaceous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3; anther tip apiculate.
Distribution
Australasia: Australia.
Reference
Paniceae. Fl W Austr 1993.

Native to:

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Cenchrus basedowii (Summerh. & C.E.Hubb.) Morrone appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Basedow, H. [13], Western Australia Pennisetum basedowii K000215211 isotype
Basedow, H. [13], Australia Pennisetum basedowii K000215212 holotype

First published in Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 106: 127 (2010)

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.

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