G.651. Coix L.

Description of the genus

The following description has been extracted from Clayton & Renvoize (1986). Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence axillary, consisting of 2 racemes separated by a prophyll. One raceme is sessile and female, the other pedunculate and male; both are subtended by a spherical or elongated bony utricle. The female raceme is enclosed within the utricle and consists of 1 sessile spikelet and 2 pedicels; sessile spikelet female with membranous glumes and lower floret reduced to a lemma; pedicels free, stout. Male raceme projects from the mouth of the utricle; spikelets in pairs or triplets with free pedicels; lower glume chartaceous, laterally winged; both florets usually male.

Worldwide: 5 species in tropical Asia

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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lacryma-jobi L. var. lacryma-jobi ?

Other sources of information about Coix:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Coix
Flora of Mozambique: Coix
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coix
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Coix

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

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: Coix.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=263, retrieved 25 April 2024

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