G.407. Microchloa R.Br.


Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a single raceme, bearing inclined or pectinate spikelets on a semi-terete (crescent-shaped in section) rhachis. Spikelets 1-flowered, (rarely with a second developed male floret), alternate in two rows, disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes subequal, 1-nerved, enclosing the florets; lower keeled, upper dorsally rounded. Lemma membranous, keeled, acute to 2-lobed at the apex, awnless but sometimes minutely mucronate.

Worldwide: 6 species occurring throughout the tropics

Malawi: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
altera (Rendle) StapfN,SDescription
caffra NeesN,C,SDescription
indica (L.f.) P. Beauv.N,C,SDescription
kunthii Desv.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Microchloa:

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Flora of Botswana: Microchloa
Flora of Caprivi: Microchloa
Flora of Mozambique: Microchloa
Flora of Zambia: Microchloa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Microchloa

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Microchloa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Microchloa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Microchloa
Wikipedia: Microchloa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microchloa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Microchloa

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: Microchloa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=181, retrieved 30 January 2023

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