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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Panicoideae
Tribus: Paniceae
Subtribus: incertae sedis
Genus: Sacciolepis
Species: S. africana – S. angustissima – S. arenaria – S. catumbensis – S. chevalieri – S. ciliocincta – S. cingularis – S. curvata – S. cymbiandra – S. fenestrata – S. indica – S. interrupta – S. leptorrhachis – S. micrococcus – S. myosuroides – S. myuros – S. otachyrioides – S. seslerloides – S. striata – S. tenuissima – S. transbarbuta – S. typhura – S. viguieri – S. vilvoides

Sacciolepis Nash in N.L.Britton, Man. Fl. N. States: 89 (1901)
Type species: Sacciolepis striata (L.) Nash, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 30: 383 (1903)


Rhampholepis Stapf in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 9: 15 (1917).


Nash, G.V. (1901) Manual of the Flora of the northern States and Canada 89.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Sacciolepis in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 17. Reference page.
Simon, B.K., Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T., Vorontsova, M., Brake, I., Healy, D. & Alfonso, Y. 2013. GrassWorld, Sacciolepis. Published online. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 17. 2013. Sacciolepis. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 17 Dec. 2013.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Sacciolepis. Published online. Accessed: 17 Dec. 2013.

Sacciolepis is a genus of plants in the grass family.[2][3] Cupscale grass is a common name for plants in this genus.[4]

They are widespread in tropical and warmer temperate regions. Many are native to Africa, with others in Asia, Australia, and the Americas.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

These species are annual or perennial and may have rhizomes or stolons. The inflorescence is usually a narrow, dense panicle. They generally grow in moist habitat, such as marshes and streambanks.[7] Sacciolepis is closely related to genus Panicum.[5][6]


Sacciolepis africana - Africa from Senegal to KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar
Sacciolepis angustissima - from the Guianas to Bolivia + Peru
Sacciolepis antsirabensis - Madagascar
Sacciolepis arenaria - Angola
Sacciolepis catumbensis - Angola, Zambia
Sacciolepis chevalieri - Africa from Senegal to KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar
Sacciolepis ciliocincta - Africa from Senegal to Sudan + Congo Rep
Sacciolepis cingularis - Sudan, Chad, Congo Rep
Sacciolepis clatrata - Central African Rep
Sacciolepis curvata - eastern + southeastern Africa from Kenya to KwaZulu-Natal; Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka
Sacciolepis cymbiandra - West Africa from Senegal to Nigeria
Sacciolepis fenestrata - Thailand
Sacciolepis indica - glenwood grass, Chase's glenwood grass, Indian cupscale grass - Africa from Guinea to Cape Province; Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Réunion, Indian Subcontinent, East + Southeast Asia, Australia; naturalized in New Zealand, southeastern USA, scattered places in Latin America and Pacific
Sacciolepis interrupta - tropical Asia, tropical Africa
Sacciolepis leptorachis - tropical Africa
Sacciolepis micrococca - tropical Africa, Madagascar
Sacciolepis myosuroides - tropical Africa, Madagascar, tropical Asia, Australia
Sacciolepis myuros - tropical America from central Mexico to Trinidad + Bolivia
Sacciolepis otachyrioides - Colombia (Meta), Venezuela (Amazonas, Apure, Guárico), Guyana (Rupununi), Bolivia (Beni, Santa Cruz), Brazil (Amazonas, Roraima)
Sacciolepis seslerioides - Congo Rep, Zaire, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola
Sacciolepis striata - southeastern USA from Texas to Delaware;[14] Greater Antilles, Mexico (Veracruz, Tabasco), Central America, Trinidad, Venezuela, Guianas, Amapá
Sacciolepis tenuissima - Thailand
Sacciolepis transbarbata - Tanzania, Burundi, Zaire, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Sacciolepis typhura - Africa from Ivory Coast to Eswatini
Sacciolepis viguieri - Madagascar
Sacciolepis vilvoides - Cuba, South America from Venezuela to Uruguay

formerly included[1]

see Hymenachne Panicum

Sacciolepis aurita - Panicum auritum
Sacciolepis donacifolia - Hymenachne donacifolia
Sacciolepis insulicola - Panicum auritum
Sacciolepis longissima - Panicum longissimum
Sacciolepis polymorpha - Panicum auritum
Sacciolepis semienensis - Panicum hymeniochilum


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Nash, George Valentine. 1901. Manual of the Flora of the northern States and Canada page 89 in English
Grassbase - The World Online Grass Flora
USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Sacciolepis". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
Judziewicz, E. J. (1990). A new South American species of Sacciolepis (Poaceae: Panicoideae: Paniceae), with a summary of the genus in the New World. Systematic Botany 15(3) 415-20.
Simon, B. K. (1972). A revision of the genus Sacciolepis (Gramineae) in the 'Flora Zambesiaca' area. Kew Bulletin 27(3) 387-406.
Wipff, J. K. Sacciolepis Nash. Grass Manual. Flora of North America.
Flora of China, Vol. 22 Page 500, 510, 511 囊颖草属 nang ying cao shu Sacciolepis Nash, Man. Fl. N. States. 89. 1901.
Atlas of Living Australia, Sacciolepis R.C.Nash, Cupscale Grass
Sanbi Red List of South African Plants
The Plant List search for Sacciolepis
Sacciolepis Species List. Germplasm Resources Information Network.
Quattrocchi, U. CRC World Dictionary of Grasses: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology, Volume 1. CRC Press. 2006. pg. 1937.
Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution map

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