G.109. Lolium L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Leaves with 2 auricles at the base of the lamina. Inflorescence with spikelets borne alternately, edgeways on and partially sunk in the rhachis, on opposite sides of the axis of a solitary raceme. Spikelets of many florets. Lower glume 0 in all but the terminal spikelet, the upper glume abaxial; the terminal spikelet with 2 glumes. Glumes 5-9-nerved. Lemma 5-nerved, awned or not.

Worldwide: 8 species in Eurasia

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
multiflorum Lam.C,EDescription
perenne L.C,EDescription
temulentum L.W,C,EDescription
× boucheanum KunthC

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lolium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lolium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lolium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lolium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lolium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lolium
JSTOR Plant Science: Lolium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lolium
Plants of the World Online: Lolium
Tropicos: Lolium
Wikipedia: Lolium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Lolium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=123, retrieved 4 March 2024

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