G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Malawi: 22 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & TournayN,SDescription
angustifolius A.Rich. N
centrifugus (Trin.) NeesNDescription
congoensis Franch.N,C,SDescription
consimilis Fresen.SDescription, Image
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.N,SDescription
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesSDescription
ioclados (Trin.) NeesN,SDescription
mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,C,SDescription
micranthus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,SDescription
molleri Hack.N,SDescription, Image
myrianthus Benth.N,C,SDescription
olivaceus Napper
panicoides A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
piliferus (Trin.) KunthN,SDescription
pyramidalis P. Beauv.N,C,SDescription, Image
sanguineus RendleN,C,SDescription, Image
spicatus (Vahl) KunthNDescription
stapfianus Gand.N,SDescription, Image
stolzii MezN,CDescription
subtilis KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sporobolus
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Sporobolus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 20 April 2024

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