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This species is accepted, and its native range is Marquesas.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Culms decumbent; 30-60 cm long. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.1 mm long. Leaf-blades 20-40 cm long; 10 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade margins spinulose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear; 10-13 cm long; 2-3 cm wide. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with sessile scars on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs; puberulous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; 18-25 mm long; base bluntly stipitate; base 0.5 mm long. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; with longest bristle scarcely emergent; 18-25 mm long; terete; flexible; antrorsely scaberulous; glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 4-6 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; 4-6 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 ovate; 2 mm long; 0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface puberulous. Lower glume margins ciliate. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 3 mm long; 0.75 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface puberulous. Upper glume margins ciliate. Upper glume apex obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male, or barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; 4 mm long; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; obtuse. Fertile lemma ovate; 4 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea 1 length of lemma; membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Pacific: south-central.
Reference
Paniceae. Brown 1994.

Native to:

Marquesas

Cenchrus henryanus (F.Br.) M.W.Tornab. & W.L.Wagner appears in other Kew resources:

First published in PhytoKeys 28: 4 (2013)

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. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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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