G.609. Schizachyrium Nees

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Racemes single, usually arranged in a spatheate false panicle. Sessile spikelet: callus short, obtuse; lower glume awnless, with a deep, narrow median groove or flat or convex, with several intercarinal nerves, these distinct especially near the apex; upper glume usually keeled; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret bisexual; lemma keeled, usually deeply 2-fid, awned. Pedicellate spikelet usually male or vestigial and smaller than the sessile spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 60 species distributed throughout the tropica

Malawi: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
brevifolium (Sw.) Nees ex BüseN,C,SDescription
exile (Hochst.) Pilg.N,C,SDescription
jeffreysii (Hack.) StapfCDescription
platyphyllum (Franch.) StapfN,S
thollonii (Franch.) StapfN,CDescription

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schizachyrium
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schizachyrium
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Tropicos: Schizachyrium
Wikipedia: Schizachyrium

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: Schizachyrium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=243, retrieved 13 April 2024

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