G.614. Hyperthelia Clayton

Description of the genus

Annuals or (in ours) perennials. Inflorescence consisting of paired racemes subtended by spatheoles and crowded in a large leafy false panicle. Racemes borne on a stalk (raceme-base) which may be deflexed at maturity; each raceme short, with usually 2 sessile spikelets per pair and with a single homogamous pair at the base of the lower raceme. Raceme-bases unequal, terete, the apex oblique and produced into a scarious appendage. Rhachis internodes and pedicels linear. Sessile spikelet: callus pungent, applied obliquely to the apex of the internode; lower glume with a median groove; upper glume with or without an awn; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma hyaline, 2-dentate bearing a stout awn at the apex with a hirsute column. Pedicellate spikelet male, narrowed to an indistinct basal callus.

Worldwide: 7 species in tropical Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Hyperthelia dissoluta

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Hyperthelia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=247, retrieved 30 July 2014

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