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Abstract

Kikuyuochloa, genus novum (Poaceae: Paniceae).

Abstract

The new monotypic genus Kikuyuochloa, based on Pennisetum clandestinum, is erected. Contrary to the common view in Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuyuochloa clandestina) 1-4(-6) unispiculate inflorescences each subtended by bristles are grouped in one cluster, the cluster representing the real inflorescence unit homologous to the partial inflorescence of Pennisetum. A basal bristled involucrum is absent in Kikuyuochloa; the bristle configuration beneath the individual spikelets of Kikuyuochloa is not comparable to the bristled involucrum of Pennisetum.