459.010 Pycreus P. Beauv.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Culms triangular. Inflorescence an open anthela or congested into a dense head. Spikelets with many, (>5) florets. Glumes distichous. Perianth 0. Stamens 2-3. Stigmas 2. Fruit a nutlet, laterally flattened.

Comment: The exact occurrence of species in this genus is as yet unknown and the list is incomplete. Some of the species are listed solely on the basis of Malawi being cited in the distribution of the species in Flora of Tropical East Africa.

Worldwide: c. 70 species, widespread in warm regions.

Malawi: 13 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aethiops (Welw. ex Ridl.) C.B. Clarke
atribulbus (KüK.) Napper
capillifolius (A. Rich.) C.B. ClarkeDescription, Image
elegantulus (Steud.) C.B. ClarkeN,SDescription, Image
elegantulus (Steud.) C.B. Clarke var. submelanostachys Kük.
laxespicatus (KüK.) Hoenselaar
macranthus (Boeckeler) C.B.Clarke
melas (Ridl.) C.B. Clarke
mundtii Nees var. uniceps (C.B. Clarke) NapperDescription
muricatus (Kük.) Napper
nigricans (Steud.) C.B. ClarkeS (other?)
pelophilus (Ridl.) C.B.ClarkeImage
spissiflorus C.B. ClarkeS

Other sources of information about Pycreus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Pycreus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=268, retrieved 1 March 2024

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