G.109. Lolium L.

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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multiflorum Lam.C,E
perenne L.C,E
temulentum L.W,C,E
× hybridum Hausskn.C

Other sources of information about Lolium:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lolium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lolium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lolium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lolium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lolium
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lolium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Lolium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=123, retrieved 21 September 2014

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