G.212. Polypogon Desf.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a many-flowered, usually contracted to spike-like, panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered, laterally flattened, falling entire at maturity along with a basal stipe; floret bisexual. Glumes subequal, 1-nerved, membranous; apex entire to shortly 2-lobed, unawned or awned from the sinus. Lemma obscurely 5-nerved, hyaline, shorter than the glumes, awned or awnless. Palea 2-nerved and 2-keeled.

Worldwide: 18 species in warm and temperate regions of the world and on tropical mountains.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
monspeliensis (L.) Desf.SDescription
schimperianus (Hochst. ex Steud.) CopeEDescription
viridis (Gouan) Breistr.EDescription

Other sources of information about Polypogon:

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Flora of Botswana: Polypogon
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Polypogon

External websites:

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

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: Polypogon.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=135, retrieved 22 May 2024

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