Styppeiochloa De Winter
  • Bothalia 9: 134 (1966) 

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Culms erect; 10-41.66-70 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; stiff (1), or firm (2). Leaf-blade apex muticous (1), or pungent (2). INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2-4 fertile florets (1), or 5-6 fertile florets (2); without rhachilla extension (1), or with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 5-7.216-12 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded. GLUMES Glumes persistent; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.75-0.8-0.9 length of upper glume; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute (1), or acuminate; muticous (1), or awned (2). Upper glume lanceolate (1), or ovate (2); 0.5-0.8583-1.3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; 1-keeled; 1 -veined, or 2-3 -veined (2). Upper glume apex acuminate; muticous (1), or awned (2); 1 -awned (2/2). FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; membranous; keeled; 3 -veined (2/2), or 4-5 -veined (1/2). Lemma midvein eciliate (2), or ciliate (1). Lemma margins eciliate (2), or ciliate (1). Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined (2/2). Palea apex muticous (1), or with excurrent keel veins (2). Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Lodicules 2 (2/2); fleshy (2/2). 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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