Description of the genus
Annuals (in ours). Leaves: lamina pectinate. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence dense, cylindric, spike-like. Spikelets bisexual, 1-flowered, in clusters of 2-5 (2 in ours), lanceolate to ovate, awnless. Glumes dissimilar; lower a
tiny hyaline scale or 0; upper as long as the spikelet, its nerves prominent and each bearing a row of stout hooked prickles. Lemma ± as long as the upper glume, ovate, membranous. Stamens 3.
Worldwide: 7 species in the tropics
Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.
Other sources of information about Tragus:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: TragusFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): TragusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: TragusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for TragusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): TragusKew Herbarium catalogue
: TragusKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Tragus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=186, retrieved 9 December 2013