804.090 Platycaulos H.P. Linder

Description of the genus

Culms usually branching, bearing persistent leaf-sheaths. Male spikelets in panicles or spikes, usually many per inflorescence (less often solitary and terminal); usually many florets per spikelet; each floret with a spathe or sheath at base; bracts many; perianth of 4-6 segments in 2 rows. Female inflorescence similar to or quite different from the male inflorescence, often with larger spikelets. Female spikelets with few-several bracts; perianth segments bony; ovary 1-3-locular; styles 3, plumose. Fruit a capsule, (1-)2-3-seeded.

Worldwide: 12 species in Africa and Madagascar.

Malawi: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
mahonii (N.E. Br.) H.P. Linder &C.R. Hardy subsp. mahonii S
mlanjiensis (H.P. Linder) H.P. Linder & C.R. Hardy[End]S

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Flora of Mozambique: Platycaulos
Flora of Zambia: Platycaulos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Platycaulos

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

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: Platycaulos.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=310, retrieved 23 April 2024

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