G.495. Paspalum L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule membranous. Inflorescence consisting of 1-sided racemes, these digitate or borne upon a central axis, rarely solitary; rhachis flat, sometimes broadly winged. Spikelets orbicular to ovate, usually plano-convex, dorsally flattened, single or paired, in 2-4 rows; lower glume usually 0, rarely present as a small scale; upper glume as long as spikelet; lower floret barren with the lower lemma resembling the upper glume, palea 0; upper lemma coriaceous to crustaceous, usually obtuse.

Worldwide: c.330 species in tropical and warm areas, especially in America

Zimbabwe: 8 taxa.

Paspalum urvillei

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dilatatum Poir.C,E,S
distichum L.N,W,C
glumaceum ClaytonN,C
lamprocaryon K. Schum.W
notatum FlüggéC,E,SDescription, Image
plicatulum Michx.C
scrobiculatum L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
urvillei Steud.N,W,C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Paspalum:

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Flora of Botswana: Paspalum
Flora of Caprivi: Paspalum
Flora of Malawi: Paspalum
Flora of Mozambique: Paspalum
Flora of Zambia: Paspalum

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Paspalum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=200, retrieved 22 October 2016

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