G.533. Pennisetum Rich.


Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a cylindric to subspherical, spike-like panicle, bearing deciduous clusters of 1-several spikelets subtended by an involucre of bristles, these flexuous, filiform and free to base. Spikelets: glumes and lower lemma variable, 0 to as long as spikelet; upper lemma cartilaginous to thinly coriaceous with flat thin margins.

Worldwide: 130 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 11 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Borbo fatuellus (Long-horned swift) Larval foodplant
Pennisetum clandestinum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
clandestinum Chiov.EDescription, Image
glaucum (L.) R. Br.C
macrourum Trin.N,W,C,E,S
massaicum StapfS
polystachion (L.) Schult. subsp. atrichum (Stapf & C.E. Hubb.) BrunkenN
polystachion (L.) Schult. subsp. polystachion N,W,E
purpureum Schumach.N,W,C,E,S
setaceum (Forssk.) Chiov.W,C,EDescription, Image
thunbergii KunthC,E
trisetum LeekeC
unisetum (Nees) Benth.E

Other sources of information about Pennisetum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Pennisetum
Flora of Caprivi: Pennisetum
Flora of Malawi: Pennisetum
Flora of Mozambique: Pennisetum
Flora of Zambia: Pennisetum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pennisetum

External websites:

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

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: Pennisetum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=211, retrieved 4 May 2016

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