G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Zimbabwe: 27 taxa.

Sporobolus pyramidalis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acinifolius StapfN,WDescription
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & TournayW,CDescription
bechuanicus Gooss.[NrEnd]WDescription
centrifugus (Trin.) NeesEDescription
congoensis Franch.N,C,EDescription
consimilis Fresen.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.N,W,E,SDescription
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesN,W,C,E,SDescription
ioclados (Trin.) NeesN,W,C,E,SDescription
mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzC,E,SDescription
micranthus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,W,C,SDescription
molleri Hack.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
mopane Cope[End]NDescription
myrianthus Benth.N,W,C,EDescription
nitens StentW,SDescription
panicoides A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
piliferus (Trin.) KunthC,EDescription
pyramidalis P. Beauv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sanguineus RendleN,C,E,SDescription, Image
spicatus (Vahl) KunthN,WDescription
stapfianus Gand.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
stolzii MezN,W,CDescription
subtilis KunthN,C,E,SDescription, Image
uniglumis Stent & J.M. RattrayN,WDescription
virginicus (L.) KunthW,SDescription, Image
welwitschii RendleEDescription

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sporobolus
Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

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: Sporobolus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 19 May 2024

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