G.586. Sorghastrum Nash

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle with elongated central axis; primary branches bearing short racemes. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender. Spikelets of each pair markedly different; the sessile spikelet fertile, the pedicellate spikelet (mostly in ours) reduced to a barren pedicel. Sessile spikelet: lower glume coriaceous, keeled at apex; upper glume broadly convex; upper lemma awned.

Worldwide: 17 species occurring in Africa and tropical and warm America

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
incompletum (Presl) Nash var. bipennatum (Hack.) P.D. DavilaN,C,E
nudipes NashN,W,C,S

Other sources of information about Sorghastrum:

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

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

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: Sorghastrum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=229, retrieved 24 May 2016

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