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Cenchrus ciliaris L.


Cenchrus ciliaris

Spike



Family: Poaceae
Full name: Cenchrus ciliaris L.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Blou buffelsgras, Bloubuffelgras, Buffelsgras
English common name(s): Foxtail buffalo grass, Blue buffalo grass, Buffalo grass, African foxtail
Synonym(s): Cenchrus ciliaris L. var. anachoreticum Chiov.
Cenchrus ciliaris L. var. leptostachys (Leeke) Maire & Weiller
Cenchrus ciliaris L. var. nubicus Fig. & De Not.
Cenchrus ciliaris L. var. pallens (Leeke) Maire & Weiller
Cenchrus longifolius Hochst. ex Steud.
Pennisetum ciliare (L.) Link
Pennisetum ciliare (L.) Link var. pallens Leeke fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Pennisetum oxyphyllum Peter
Pennisetum polycladum Chiov. fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Pennisetum rangei Mez
Status: Native
Description: Perennial, often forming mats or tussocks; culms 10–150 cm, ascending, wiry or sometimes almost woody. Leaf-blades 3–25 cm long, 2–13 mm wide. Panicle cylindrical to ovoid, 2–14 cm long, 10–26 mm wide, grey, purple or straw-coloured, the rhachis angular and puberulous; involucre elongate, 6–16 mm long; inner bristles much exceeding the spikelets, one of them longer and stouter than the rest, at least the longest somewhat flattened at the base, connate only at the base to form a disc 0.5–1.5 mm in diameter (or sometimes connate for up to 0.5 mm above the disc's rim), sparsely or densely ciliate below, grooved on the face or not, filiform above, flexuous, often wavy, antrorsely scaberulous; outer bristles filiform. Spikelets 1–4 per burr, 2–5.5 mm long, acutely lanceolate; glumes distinct, acute, the lower from 0.25–0.5, the upper from 0.5 to as long as the spikelet. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Tropical East Africa)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 21 Mar 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/400 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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