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Enneapogon cenchroides (Roem. & Schult.) C.E.Hubb.


Enneapogon cenchroides

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Family: Poaceae
Full name: Enneapogon cenchroides (Roem. & Schult.) C.E.Hubb.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: ID not 100% certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Vaalsuurgras, Suurgras, (Eenjarige) Negenaaldgras
English common name(s): (Common) Nine-awned grass
Synonym(s): Enneapogon abyssinicus (Hochst.) Rendle fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Enneapogon mollis Lehm. fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Pappophorum abyssinicum Hochst. fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Pappophorum cenchroides Licht. ex Roem. & Schult. fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Pappophorum molle (Lehm.) Kunth fide Fl. Trop. E. Africa
Status: Native
Description: Annual up to 75 cm high; basal sheaths remaining intact. Panicle loosely contracted, often lobed at the base. Lower glume 5- to 7-nerved, 2.6–3.8 mm long; upper glume 3-nerved, 3.5–5 mm long; fertile lemma 4–7 mm long (including awns), hairy on the back all over; awns ciliate; anthers 1–1.7 mm long; third lemma vestigial, occasionally well developed (but barren), 0.3–2(–3.5) mm long. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)

Tufted robust annual often assuming a perennial appearance; culms wiry below, up to 1 m high, usually shortly hairy all over. Leaf-blades up to 25 cm long and 7 mm wide, involute or flat. Inflorescence a contracted or spike-like panicle up to 16 cm long. Lower glume 3–4 mm long, 5–7-nerved; upper glume 3.5–5.5 mm long, 3-nerved; lowest lemma 1.5–2 mm long, its awns 2.5–5 mm long and densely ciliate for much of their length; second lemma smaller, usually male; third lemma 0.7–2 mm long, including the awns which are reduced to a small tuft; anthers 1–1.8 mm long. (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: 20 Dec 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/1000 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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