G.495. Paspalum L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule membranous. Inflorescence consisting of 1-sided racemes, these digitate or borne upon a central axis, rarely solitary; rhachis flat, sometimes broadly winged. Spikelets orbicular to ovate, usually plano-convex, dorsally flattened, single or paired, in 2-4 rows; lower glume usually 0, rarely present as a small scale; upper glume as long as spikelet; lower floret barren with the lower lemma resembling the upper glume, palea 0; upper lemma coriaceous to crustaceous, usually obtuse.

Worldwide: c.330 species in tropical and warm areas, especially in America

Malawi: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
conjugatum P.J. BergiusS
glumaceum ClaytonC,SDescription
lamprocaryon K. Schum.N,SDescription
notatum FlüggéSDescription, Image
scrobiculatum L.N,C,SDescription, Image
urvillei Steud.C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Paspalum:

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

External websites:

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

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: Paspalum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=200, retrieved 1 December 2023

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