G.606. Andropogon L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, of paired or digitate (occasionally single) racemes, sometimes numerous and crowded into a spathate false panicle; racemes lacking homogamous pairs; internodes and pedicels filiform to obovoid. Sessile spikelet dorsally flattened or squeezed between pedicel and internode; callus obtuse, inserted in the concave top of the internode; lower glume membranous to coriaceous, mostly flat, concave or deeply grooved on the back, 2-keeled; upper glume with or without an awn; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma hyaline, 2-lobed, with a conspicuous awn from the sinus. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren (sometimes 0), usually awnless. Similar to Ischaemum. See the note under that genus.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in tropical and warm regions

Malawi: 15 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
amethystinus Steud. N
canaliculatus Schumach.NDescription
chinensis (Nees) Merr.N,C,SDescription
eucomus Nees subsp. eucomus N,C,SDescription, Image
eucomus Nees subsp. huillensis (Rendle) SalesNDescription, Image
fastigiatus Sw.N,C,SDescription
festuciformis Rendle N
gayanus KunthN,C,SDescription
ligulatus (Stapf) ClaytonCDescription
lima (Hack.) StapfS
mannii Hook. f.SDescription
perligulatus StapfN,CDescription
pseudapricus StapfS
schirensis Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription
textilis Welw.N,CDescription

Other sources of information about Andropogon:

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

External websites:

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

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: Andropogon.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=241, retrieved 13 April 2024

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