G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Zimbabwe: 27 taxa.

Sporobolus pyramidalis

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
acinifolius StapfN,W
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & TournayW,C
bechuanicus Gooss.W
centrifugus (Trin.) NeesE
congoensis Franch.N,C,E
consimilis Fresen.N,W,E,S
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.N,W,E,S
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SImage
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesN,W,C,E,S
ioclados (Trin.) NeesN,W,C,E,S
mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzC,E,S
micranthus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,W,C,S
molleri Hack.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
mopane Cope[End]N
myrianthus Benth.N,W,C,E
nitens StentW,S
panicoides A. Rich.N,W,C,E,S
piliferus (Trin.) KunthC,E
pyramidalis P. Beauv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sanguineus RendleN,C,E,SDescription, Image
spicatus (Vahl) KunthN,W
stapfianus Gand.N,W,C,E,S
stolzii MezN,W,C
subtilis KunthN,C,E,SDescription, Image
uniglumis Stent & J.M. RattrayN,W
virginicus (L.) KunthW,SImage
welwitschii RendleE

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

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: Sporobolus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 26 November 2014

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