Description of the genus
Culms usually branching, bearing persistent leaf-sheaths. Male spikelets in panicles or spikes, usually many per inflorescence (less often solitary and terminal);
usually many florets per spikelet; each floret with a spathe or sheath at base; bracts many; perianth of 4-6 segments in 2 rows. Female inflorescence similar to or quite different from the male inflorescence, often with larger spikelets. Female spikelets with few-several bracts; perianth segments bony; ovary 1-3-locular; styles 3, plumose.
Fruit a capsule, (1-)2-3-seeded.
Worldwide: 12 species in Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.
Other sources of information about Platycaulos:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): PlatycaulosFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PlatycaulosGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PlatycaulosIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PlatycaulosKew Herbarium catalogue
: PlatycaulosKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Platycaulos.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=310, retrieved 24 April 2014