G.610. Arthraxon P. Beauv.

Description of the genus

Slender, often trailing, annuals or perennials. Leaf laminae broad (in ours) slightly cordate and semi-amplexicaul at base. Racemes arranged in subdigitate groups; rhachis internodes and pedicels delicate, filiform. Sessile spikelet laterally flattened; silvery-white appressed hairs present at the base; callus short, truncate; lower glume rounded on back with or without 2 lateral keels; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret fertile; fertile (upper) lemma 2-fid almost to the base, with a glabrous awn arising from low down on the back of the lemma. Pedicellate spikelet either 0 or much reduced.

Worldwide: c. 10 species in the Old World tropics, mainly India.

Malawi: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
lancifolius (Trin.) Hochst.C,SDescription
micans (Nees) Hochst. N,C,S

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Arthraxon
Flora of Mozambique: Arthraxon
Flora of Zambia: Arthraxon
Flora of Zimbabwe: Arthraxon

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Arthraxon
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Arthraxon
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Arthraxon
JSTOR Plant Science: Arthraxon
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Arthraxon
Plants of the World Online: Arthraxon
Tropicos: Arthraxon
Wikipedia: Arthraxon

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: Arthraxon.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=244, retrieved 22 April 2024

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