Description of the genus
Annual (in ours). Inflorescence of 1-many subdigitate racemes. Spikelets all alike or nearly so, paired, one sessile, one pedicellate, dorsally flattened with an obtuse callus. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender, filiform to clavate. Lower glume with a median groove on the back, sharply inflexed on the flanks, acute to 2-dentate. Upper glume often awned. Lower floret variable, often male or rudimentary. Upper lemma entire to 2-fid with a glabrous awn.
Worldwide: 15 species in the Old World tropics and warm regions, especially in Africa
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Other sources of information about Microstegium:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): MicrostegiumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: MicrostegiumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for MicrostegiumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): MicrostegiumKew Herbarium catalogue
: MicrostegiumKew 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: Microstegium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=226, retrieved 25 May 2013