Pseudopentameris Conert
  • Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 10: 303 (1971) 

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Culms geniculately ascending (1/1); 30-76.66-120 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades stiff (2), or firm (1). INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets, or 3 fertile florets (2); without rhachilla extension (1), or with a barren rhachilla extension, or with diminished florets at the apex (2). Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 30-43-60 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus brief (1), or elongated (2); pubescent (1/2), or bearded (1/2); obtuse (2), or pungent (1). GLUMES Glumes persistent; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 1 length of upper glume; scarious; without keels; 3-4 -veined (2), or 5-7 -veined, or 8-9 -veined (1). Lower glume surface smooth (2), or asperulous (1). Lower glume apex attenuate. Upper glume lanceolate; 3-4.333-6 length of adjacent fertile lemma; scarious; without keels; 3-4 -veined (2), or 5-7 -veined, or 8-9 -veined (1). Upper glume apex attenuate. FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; subterete; cartilaginous (1), or coriaceous (2); without keel; 9 -veined, or 10-11 -veined (1). Lemma surface pubescent (1), or pilose (2). Lemma margins involute; interlocking with palea keels. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; incised 0.3-0.325-0.4 of lemma length; acute (1/1), or acuminate (1/1); awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate. Lateral lemma awns shorter than principal. Palea 1 length of lemma. Palea apex dentate (1/1). Apical sterile florets 0-1 in number (2/2); barren (2/2); lanceolate (2/2). FLOWER Lodicules 2 (1/1); glabrous (1/1), or ciliate (1/1). Anthers 3 (1/1). Ovary glabrous. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; fusiform. Hilum linear; 0.8 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Africa.


  • 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
Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. [accessed 24 January 2012; 14:30 GMT]
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eMonocot. (2010, 1st November). Retrieved Wednesday, 8th February, 2012, from
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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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