G.586. Sorghastrum Nash

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle with elongated central axis; primary branches bearing short racemes. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender. Spikelets of each pair markedly different; the sessile spikelet fertile, the pedicellate spikelet (mostly in ours) reduced to a barren pedicel. Sessile spikelet: lower glume coriaceous, keeled at apex; upper glume broadly convex; upper lemma awned.

Worldwide: 17 species occurring in Africa and tropical and warm America

Malawi: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
fuscescens (Pilg.) Clayton C
incompletum (Presl) Nash var. bipennatum (Hack.) P.D. DavilaN,C,SDescription
nudipes NashCDescription
pogonostachyum (Stapf) Clayton C
stipoides (Kunth) Nash N,C,S

Other sources of information about Sorghastrum:

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

External websites:

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

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: Sorghastrum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=229, retrieved 3 December 2023

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