Vossia Wall. & Griff.
  • J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 5: 572 (1836) 

Notes: , nom. cons.

General Description

HABIT Perennial. Culms prostrate; 100-200 cm long; spongy; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a ciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single, or paired, or digitate. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; angular. Rhachis internodes cuneate. Rhachis internode tip transverse; flat. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels cuneate; tip rectangular. STERILE SPIKELETS Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; separately deciduous. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; dorsally compressed; 20-40 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus base truncate; attached transversely. GLUMES Glumes firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 2-5 length of upper glume; coriaceous; 2-keeled; winged on keel. Lower glume intercarinal veins distinct. Lower glume surface flat. Lower glume apex caudate. Upper glume ovate; chartaceous; 1-keeled; 5-9 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate; mucronate. FLORETS Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; hyaline; 2 -veined. Fertile lemma oblong; hyaline; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma margins ciliolate. Lemma apex acute. DISTRIBUTION Africa, or Tropical Asia.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Northeast Tropical Africa Chad
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Northern Africa Egypt
  • South Tropical Africa Angola
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Southern Africa Botswana
  • Namibia
  • West Tropical Africa Benin
  • Burkina
  • Ghana
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • West-Central Tropical Africa Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Congo
  • Gabon
  • Rwanda
  • Zaire
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent Assam
  • Bangladesh
  • Indo-China Myanmar


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

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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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