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

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose; clumped densely. Culms erect; slender; 40 cm long; wiry. Leaf-sheaths tight. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; involute; 1-1.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear; 2.5-3.5 cm long. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with lateral stumps on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs; glabrous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; base truncate. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; few; 2 in principal whorl; 5-5.5 mm long; terete; flexible; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; acute; 3 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; acute; 3 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; thinner than fertile lemma. Upper glume oblate; 0.4 mm long; 0.1-0.15 length of spikelet; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Upper glume primary vein absent. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex truncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 0.2 length of spikelet; hyaline; 1 -veined; without lateral veins; acuminate; mucronate, or awned. Awn of lower sterile floret terminal; 0.5-1 mm long. Fertile lemma oblong; 3 mm long; membranous; without keel. Lemma surface scaberulous; rough above. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex obtuse; mucronate. Palea 1 length of lemma; membranous. Palea surface scaberulous. Palea apex ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: northeast tropical.
Reference
Paniceae. Fl Eth 1997.

Native to:

Ethiopia

Cenchrus thulinii (S.M.Phillips) Morrone appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1991 Thulin, M. [1541], Ethiopia Pennisetum thulinii K000281196 holotype

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

  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 7: 1-430. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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