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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Indian Subcontinent.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial, forming large tussocks with thick tough roots; culms 60–150(–200) cm. high, erect.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly linear, 15–40 cm. long, 1–5 mm. wide, rigid, tightly folded, ribbed on the outside, the ribs smoothly flat-topped on the inside; sheaths keeled, imbricate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle linear, 10–25 cm. long, the culm scaberulous and sometimes pubescent below the panicle; rhachis with shallow angular ribs below the cupular scars, scaberulous; involucre enclosing 1 sessile spikelet, the base with a short oblong stipe 0.3–0.5 mm. long; bristles glabrous, the longest 6–30 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets narrowly lanceolate, 6.5–11 mm. long; lower glume up to 1/4 the length of the spikelet, acute, rotund or truncate; upper glume 1/3–1/2 as long as the spikelet, acute to emarginate; lemmas similar, the lower ♂ or barren, the upper firmer in texture; anther-tips with or without a minute tuft of hairs.
Habitat
Upland grassland, or flood plain grassland at lower altitudes; 1100–2400 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 U1 U2 U4

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms erect; 60-150(-200) cm long. Leaf-sheaths keeled. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades conduplicate; 15-40 cm long; 1-5 mm wide; stiff. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; with rectangular ribs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle scaberulous above; glabrous, or pubescent above. Panicle spiciform; linear; 10-25 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with sessile scars on axis. Panicle axis angular; scaberulous; glabrous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; oblong; 7-20 mm long; base bluntly stipitate (0.3-0.5mm). Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with one conspicuously longer bristle; 6-30 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; 6.5-11 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; 6.5-11 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong, or ovate, or oblate; 0.1-0.25 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0-1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex truncate, or obtuse, or acute. Upper glume elliptic, or ovate; 0.33-0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Upper glume apex emarginate, or acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male, or barren; with palea, or without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 7-11 -veined; obtuse. Fertile lemma ovate; 6.5-11 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5-7 -veined. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex obtuse, or acute. Palea membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3; 4-5 mm long; anther tip smooth, or penicillate. Styles connate below.
Distribution
Africa: east tropical and western Indian ocean. Asia-tropical: India.
Reference
Paniceae. FTEA.

Native to:

India, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda

Cenchrus hohenackeri (Hochst. ex Steud.) Morrone appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Fries, R.E. [655], Kenya Pennisetum hohenackeri K000281214 isosyntype
Taylor, H.J. [1296], Kenya Pennisetum hohenackeri K000281216 holotype
Taylor, H.J. [1296], Kenya Pennisetum hohenackeri K000281215 Unknown type material
Wight, R. [1663], India Pennisetum hohenackeri K000245382 isotype
Stocks, J.E. [s.n.], India Pennisetum hohenackeri K000245383 Unknown type material
Hohenacker, R.F. [930], India Pennisetum hohenackeri K000245384 syntype
Parker, G.W. [s.n.], Madagascar Pennisetum hohenackeri K000244626
Baron, R. [3294], Madagascar Pennisetum hohenackeri K000244662
Baron, R. [683], Madagascar Pennisetum hohenackeri K000244663 Unknown type material
Scott Elliot, G.F. [s.n.], Madagascar Pennisetum hohenackeri K000244664
s.coll. [s.n.], India Pennisetum hohenackeri K001056146

First published in Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 106: 128 (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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Clayton, W.D. & Renvoize, S.A. (1982). Gramineae Flora of Tropical East Africa 3: 451-898.
  • Cope, T.A. (1982). Flora of Pakistan 143: 1-678. Department of Botany, University of Karachi, Karachi.
  • Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.
  • Press, J.R. et al. (2000). Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal: i-x, 1-430. Natural History Museum, London.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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