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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Chloridoideae
Tribus: Cynodonteae
Subtribus: Hubbardochloinae
Genus: Leptothrium
Species: L. lineare – L. rigidum – L. senegalense

Leptothrium Kunth, Révis. Gramin. 1: 156 (1829)
Type species: Leptothrium rigidum Kunth, Révis. Gramin. 1: 156 (1829)


Latipes Kunth, Révis. Gramin. 1: 53 (1829).


Kunth, K.S. (1829) Révision des Graminées 1: 156.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Leptothrium in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 10. Reference page.
Simon, B.K., Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T., Vorontsova, M., Brake, I., Healy, D. & Alfonso, Y. 2013. GrassWorld, Leptothrium. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 10. 2013. Leptothrium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 10.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Leptothrium. Published online. Accessed: 10 Nov. 2013.

Leptothrium is a genus of African, Asian, and Neotropical plants in the grass family.[2]


Leptothrium rigidum Kunth - Jamaica, Hispaniola, Colombia, Venezuela
Leptothrium senegalense (Kunth) Clayton - Africa from Cape Verde to Tanzania and Egypt; Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan


The name Leptothrium in its current sense was coined by Karl Sigismund Kunth in 1829.[4] The same author had used the same name earlier, in 1816, to refer to a species of orchid.[5] This appears to have been in error, with the name merely listed as a synonym, but the name was nevertheless published so it must be considered a homonym. One species name was coined in 1816 using this homonym, i.e.

Leptothrium lineare (Jacq.) Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt, A.J.A.Bonpland & C.S.Kunth 1816, syn of Isochilus linearis (Jacq.) R.Br. in W.T.Aiton 1813[6][7]


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Grassbase - The World Online Grass Flora
The Plant List search for Leptothrium
Kunth, Karl Sigismund. 1829. Révision des Graminées 1: 156 in Latin
Kunth, Karl Sigismund. 1816. Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (quarto ed.) 1: 340
Tropicos, Leptothrium Kunth 1816
The International Plant Names Index

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