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This species is accepted, and its native range is Sahara to NW. India.
Cenchrus divisus

[FWTA]

Gramineae, W. D. Clayton. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Morphology General Habit
A glabrous bushy perennial with stout woody stems
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Rhachis glabrous, inconspicuously angular; spikelets 7–8 mm. long, the lower glume half as long.

[GB]
Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Rhizomes short; knotty. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 50-100(-200) cm long; woody; without nodal roots, or rooting from lower nodes. Culm-internodes glaucous. Lateral branches suffrutescent. Leaf-sheaths loose. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; filiform; convolute; 3-7.5 cm long; 1-1.5 mm wide; glaucous. Leaf-blade apex pungent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle smooth, or scaberulous above. Panicle spiciform; oblong; 5-12 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 (0.5-1mm). Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; terete; flexible; glabrous, or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 6.5-8.5 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; 6.5-8.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.5-0.75 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1(-3) -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent, or obscure. Lower glume apex acute, or acuminate. Upper glume oblong; 0.9-1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels. Upper glume apex acute, or acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; 1 length of spikelet; chartaceous; acuminate. Fertile lemma lanceolate; 6.5-8.5 mm long; chartaceous; without keel. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea chartaceous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Anthers 3; anther tip smooth.
Distribution
Africa: north, west tropical, and northeast tropical. Asia-temperate: western Asia and Arabia. Asia-tropical: India.
Reference
Paniceae. Fl Pak.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial with short woody rhizome; stems woody, suffruticosely branched throughout, up to 1(–2) m high; leaves tightly inrolled, pungent, glaucous; sheaths inflated, the lower readily shedding the short blade
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicle oblong, 5–12 cm long; rhachis with shallowly angular ribs below the cupular scars, scaberulous; involucre enclosing 1 sessile spikelet, borne upon a short oblong stipe 0.5–1 mm long; bristles glabrous, rarely thinly hairy, the longest 7–20 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets narrowly lanceolate, 6.5–8.5 mm long; lower glume 1/2–3/4 the length of the spikelet; upper glume almost as long as the spikelet; lemmas similar, the lower male.
Distribution
N1–3; C1 North Africa through South-west Asia to India.
Ecology
Altitude range 0–1000 m.
Vernacular
Dhalan, dungarro (Somali).

Native to:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Gulf States, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, Tunisia, Yemen

Introduced into:

Canary Is.

Cenchrus divisus (J.F.Gmel.) Verloove, Govaerts & Buttler appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sieber [s.n], Egypt Pennisetum divisum K000244606
Keller [9], Egypt Pennisetum divisum K000244607
Schimper, W. [308], Egypt Pennisetum divisum K000244608
Schimper, W. [308], Egypt Pennisetum divisum K000244609
Schimper, W. [308], Egypt Pennisetum divisum K000244612
s.coll. [s.n.], Afghanistan Pennisetum divisum K001056160

First published in Phytotaxa 181: 59 (2014)

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

  • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Cope, T.A., Knees, S.G. & Miller, A.G. (2007). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 5(1): 1-387. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Danin, A. (2004). Distribution Atlas of Plants in the Flora Palaestina area: 1-517. The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • 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.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1972). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3(2): 277-574.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: i-ii, 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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