Neostapfiella A.Camus
  • Bull. Bi-mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon 5: 4 (1926) 

Notes: Distribution: Madagascar

General Description

HABIT Annual. Stolons absent (2), or present (1). Culms decumbent (1/1); slender (2/2); 8-20.5-30 cm long; rooting from lower nodes (1/1). Lateral branches ample (1/1). Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades linear (2), or lanceolate (1). INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single (1), or paired (1), or digitate (1); erect (1), or ascending (2); unilateral. Rhachis angular. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; 2 -rowed (1/1). Spikelets ascending; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension (2), or with diminished florets at the apex (1). Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 3.2-4.136-5.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus brief (1), or evident (1), or elongated (1); pubescent (2), or pilose (1); obtuse (1), or acute (1), or pungent (1). GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.4-0.8333-1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface glabrous, or pubescent (1). Lower glume apex acute (1), or acuminate (2); muticous (2), or mucronate (1). Upper glume lanceolate (2), or oblong (1); 0.75-0.875-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pubescent (1). Upper glume apex obtuse (1), or acute (1), or acuminate (1); muticous (2), or mucronate (1). FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic (2), or obovate (1); laterally compressed; lanceolate in profile (1/1); coriaceous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface glabrous (1), or puberulous (1), or pilose (1). Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; acute (1/1); awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn subapical. Apical sterile florets 1 in number (1/1); barren (1/1); elliptic (1/1). Apical sterile lemmas awned (1/1). FLOWER Anthers 3 (2/2). FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; lanceolate; trigonous. DISTRIBUTION Africa.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Western Indian Ocean Madagascar


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 Information From

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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