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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Central Tropical Africa.

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 40-80 cm long; woody. Culm-nodes swollen. Lateral branches ample. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades flat, or conduplicate, or involute; 2-15 cm long; 3-6 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; linear, or oblong; loose; 2-10 cm long; 0.6-0.8 cm wide. Primary panicle branches accrescent to a central axis; with lateral stumps on axis. Panicle axis with rounded ribs, or angular; scaberulous; glabrous; bearing deciduous spikelet clusters. Spikelets subtended by an involucre. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Involucre composed of bristles; oblong; 4-10 mm long; base obtuse. Involucral bristles deciduous with the fertile spikelets; numerous; 16-35 in principal whorl; with longest bristle scarcely emergent; 4-10 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; 3.5-4.5 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; 3.5-4.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1-2 mm long; 0.33-0.5 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume ovate, or oblate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets male, or barren; with palea, or without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; membranous; 5 -veined; acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma margins flat. Lemma apex acute. Palea membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules absent. Anthers 3; 2 mm long; anther tip smooth. Styles connate below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Africa: west-central tropical.
Reference
Paniceae. FTA 1993.

Native to:

Central African Repu, Congo, Zaïre

Cenchrus nodiflorus (Franch.) Zon appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Blumea 64: 214 (2019)

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Robyns, W. (1934). Flore Agrostologique du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 2: 9-386. Goemaere, Bruxelles.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

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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