G.591. Dichanthium Willemet

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of single, paired or digitate racemes. Each raceme with 1-6 homogamous pairs of spikelets at the base; these male or neuter; upper spikelets with each pair markedly different; the sessile fertile, the pedicellate male or barren. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender, solid, without a translucent, hyaline central line. Sessile spikelet: callus obtuse; lower glume sometimes pitted; apex acute to broadly obtuse; upper lemma awned from its entire apex; awn glabrous. Pedicellate spikelet similar to sessile but usually male or neuter and awnless.

Worldwide: 20 species in the Old World tropics.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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sericeum (R. Br.) A. CamusDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Dichanthium
Flora of Caprivi: Dichanthium
Flora of Malawi: Dichanthium
Flora of Mozambique: Dichanthium
Flora of Zambia: Dichanthium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dichanthium

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichanthium
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iNaturalist: Dichanthium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dichanthium
JSTOR Plant Science: Dichanthium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichanthium
Plants of the World Online: Dichanthium
Tropicos: Dichanthium
Wikipedia: Dichanthium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Dichanthium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=233, retrieved 5 December 2023

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