G.342. Oropetium Trin.

Description of the genus

Perennial (ours). Inflorescence a single terminal raceme, bearing spikelets, arranged alternately, embedded in the rhachis. Rhachis spongy, fracturing into segments of 1-4(-8) spikelets. Spikelets sessile, dorsally flattened, 1-flowered. Glumes unequal; lower abaxial, hyaline and minute; upper adaxial, appressed to the rhachis, concealing the floret, (1-)3-nerved. Lemma hyaline, 3-nerved, emarginate to 2-toothed at apex, mucronate or rarely awned.

Worldwide: 6 species in the Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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Flora of Botswana: Oropetium
Flora of Mozambique: Oropetium

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

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: Oropetium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=158, retrieved 29 May 2023

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