G.052. Olyra L.

Description of the genus

Monoecious forest grass with broad leaf laminae. Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Spikelets unisexual, 1-flowered, with the 2 sexes mixed or in separate inflorescences on the same plant. Female spikelets much larger than the male. Glumes 2, subequal, often acuminate or caudate. Lemmas awnless, shorter than the glumes, coriaceous or cartilaginous (female spikelets) or membranous (male spikelets). Stamens (2-)3.

Worldwide: 23 species in tropical America; 1 also in Africa and Madagascar

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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latifolia L.SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Olyra:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Olyra
Flora of Zambia: Olyra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Olyra

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Olyra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Olyra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Olyra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Olyra
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Olyra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Olyra
JSTOR Plant Science: Olyra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Olyra
Plants of the World Online: Olyra
Tropicos: Olyra
Wikipedia: Olyra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Olyra.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=115, retrieved 4 December 2023

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