Description of the genus
Annuals or perennials. Rhachis internodes and pedicels linear.
Inflorescence consisting of paired racemes subtended by spatheoles and crowded in a false panicle. Each raceme borne on a stalk (raceme-base); the raceme-bases filiform, unequal. Lower raceme with a single pair of olive-green homogamous spikelets at the base.
Sessile spikelet: callus applied obliquely to the apex of the internode with its tip free; lower glume rounded on the back, becoming dark brown; upper glume usually awned; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma 2-lobed, bearing an awn with a hirsute column. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren, narrowly lanceolate, olive-green tinged with brown; callus well-developed.
Worldwide: 6 species in tropical Africa with one also in Brazil
Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.
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Other sources of information about Elymandra:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: ElymandraFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): ElymandraFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ElymandraGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ElymandraIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ElymandraKew Herbarium catalogue
: ElymandraKew 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: Elymandra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=248, retrieved 11 December 2013