Fimbristylis tomentosa

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Fimbristylis tomentosa


Annual with fibrous roots. Leaves shorter than to about as long as the stems, flat, abruptly acuminate, softly hairy, rarely glabrous, scabrid on the margins in the upper part, 2-3 mm wide; Inflorescence simple or compound, loose, with 5-25 spikelets, very rarely reduced to a single spikelet, up to 8 cm long. Stamens (1-)2;


Alor present, Asia-Tropical: India present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present), Australasia: Queensland (Queensland present), Bohol present, Cape York Peninsula present, Cheribon present, E. Java present, Farther India present, Halmaheira present, Kangean Arch present, Lesser Sunda Is present, Leyte present, Luzon present, Madagascar present, Madiun present, Mauritius present, Micronesia present, N. Celebes present, New Britain present, Pahang present, Panay present, Ryu Kyu Is present, S. China present, Tjikoya present, Tondano present, Tropical Africa present, W. Java present, W. Sumatra present
Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius; from India through Farther India to S. China, Ryu Kyu Is., Micronesia and Queensland (Cape York Peninsula); widely distributed in Malesia, but much rarer than F. dichotoma: Malay Peninsula (a single collection from Pahang), W. Sumatra, W. Java (Tjikoya, Cheribon), E. Java (Madiun), Kangean Arch., Lesser Sunda Is. (Alor), Philippines (Luzon, Leyte, Bohol, Panay), N. Celebes (Tondano), Moluccas (Halmaheira), New Guinea, New Britain.


I fail to distinguish between the specimens rightly named by CLARKE F. podocarpa NEES and those he referred to his var. pluristriata of F. diphylla. I consider them conspecific.
F. cincta NEES from Mauritius differs from F. tomentosa only in some minor points (see WIGHT, Contr.). F. pluristriata (C. B. CLARKE) BERH. and F. subtristachya STEUD. are superfluous names for the African plant, which to my mind cannot be separated specifically from F. tomentosa.


NEES 1968 – In: Back. & Bakh.f., Fl. Java 3: 466
CHERM. 1937 – In: Humb., Fl. Madag. fam. 29: 179
CAMUS 1912 – In: Fl. Gén. I.-C.: 107
KERN 1955 – In: Blumea: 139
Clarke 1893 – In: Fl. Br. Ind.: 638
Clarke 1909: Ill. Cyp.: t. 42 f. 3-4
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 125
STEUD. 1855 – In: Syn.: 117
NEES 1907 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: Bot. 94
Koord. 1911 – In: Exk. Fl. Java: 199
NEES 1909: Ill. Cyp.: t. 42 f. 5-6
NEES 1843 – In: Nov. Act. Ac. Caes. Leop.-Car.: 77
S. T. BLAKE 1969 – In: Contr. Queensl. Herb.: 13