G.609. Schizachyrium Nees

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Racemes single, usually arranged in a spatheate false panicle. Sessile spikelet: callus short, obtuse; lower glume awnless, with a deep, narrow median groove or flat or convex, with several intercarinal nerves, these distinct especially near the apex; upper glume usually keeled; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret bisexual; lemma keeled, usually deeply 2-fid, awned. Pedicellate spikelet usually male or vestigial and smaller than the sessile spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 60 species distributed throughout the tropica

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
brevifolium (Sw.) Nees ex BüseN,W,C,E
exile (Hochst.) Pilg.N,W,C,E
jeffreysii (Hack.) StapfN,W,C,E,S
sanguineum (Retz.) AlstonN,W,C,E,SImage
thollonii (Franch.) StapfC,E,S

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

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

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: Schizachyrium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=243, retrieved 26 August 2016

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