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

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms robust; 200-400 cm long. Culm-internodes distally glabrous. Lateral branches fastigiate; arising from upper culm. Leaf-sheaths loose; glabrous on surface; outer margin glabrous, or hairy. Ligule a ciliate membrane; 2 mm long. Leaf-blades 15-50 cm long; 20-40 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth, or scaberulous; rough adaxially; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Synflorescence compound. Inflorescence a panicle; terminal and axillary; subtended by an inflated leaf-sheath. Peduncle flexuous; 2-10 cm long; glabrous. Panicle spiciform; linear, or oblong; 3-5 cm long; 1 cm wide. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with lateral stumps 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; 4-6 mm long; base truncate. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with one conspicuously longer bristle; 15-20 mm long; terete; flexible; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; dorsally compressed; 4-6.2 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; dorsally compressed; 4-6.2 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.5-1.2 mm long; 0.1-0.2 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex erose; obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 1.8-2.5 mm long; 0.4-0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels. Upper glume apex obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 4-5.4 mm long; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; scaberulous; acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 3.8-5.4 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1 length of lemma; membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
North America: Mexico.
Reference
Paniceae. Chase 2002.

Native to:

Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest

Cenchrus prolificus (Chase) Morrone appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hinton, G.B. [3166], México State Pennisetum prolificum K000476251
Hinton, G.B. [3166], México State Pennisetum prolificum K000476252
Hinton, G.B. [14030], Guerrero Pennisetum prolificum K000476253
Hinton, G.B. [3229], México State Pennisetum prolificum K000476254
Pringle, C.G. [6075], Mexico Pennisetum prolificum K000643108 Unknown type material

First published in Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 106: 129 (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

  • Dávila, P., Mejia-Saulés, M.T., Gómez-Sánchez, N., Valdés-Reyna, J., Ortíz, J.J., Morín, C., Castrejón, J. & Ocampo, A. (2006). Catálogo de las Gramíneas de México: 1-671. CONABIO, México city.

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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