Description of the genus
Annuals or perennials. Leaves with 2 auricles at the base of the lamina. Inflorescence with spikelets borne alternately, edgeways on and partially sunk in the rhachis, on opposite sides of the axis of a solitary raceme. Spikelets of many florets. Lower glume 0 in all but the terminal spikelet, the upper glume abaxial; the terminal spikelet with 2 glumes. Glumes 5-9-nerved. Lemma 5-nerved, awned or not.
Worldwide: 8 species in Eurasia
Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.
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Other sources of information about Lolium:
(electronic Plant Information Center): LoliumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: LoliumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for LoliumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): LoliumKew Herbarium catalogue
: LoliumKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Lolium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=123, retrieved 21 October 2014