G.071. Leptaspis R. Br.

Description of the genus

Perennial rhizomatous herbs with large broad dark green leaves, with typical slanting venation, borne on a twisted (180 degrees) pseudopetiole. Inflorescence a loose panicle with female spiklets in a group at the base and males terminal on the branchlets. Spikelets 1-flowered, unisexual. Male spikelets less conspicuous than female with 2 small, membranous, ovate glumes and a lemma similar to the glumes. Female spikelets with 2 short glumes; lemma with connate margins, utricle-like, inflated, prominently ribbed, covered with hooked hairs and (in ours) white. Stigmas 3. Caryopsis oblong, flattened.

An extraordinary-looking plant which is not particularly grass-like at first glance.

Worldwide: 5 species in the Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Leptaspis zeylanica

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zeylanica Nees ex Steud.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Leptaspis:

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Flora of Mozambique: Leptaspis

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

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: Genus page: Leptaspis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=116, retrieved 20 March 2023

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