Description of the genus
Annuals. Inflorescence an open panicle with some or all branches whorled. Spikelets dorsally flattened, elliptic. Lower glume short, up to 1/3 length of spikelet; upper glume as long as spikelet. Lower lemma with a short apical awn. Upper lemma thinly chartaceous, acute, its flat thin margins enfolding and concealing the palea.
Similar in general appearance to a Panicum and differing in the upper lemma enfolding the palea.
Worldwide: 2 species in tropical Africa
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Other sources of information about Hylebates:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): HylebatesFlora Zambesiaca
web site: HylebatesGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for HylebatesIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): HylebatesKew Herbarium catalogue
: HylebatesKew 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: Hylebates.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=207, retrieved 22 May 2013