G.391. Chloris Sw. - Rhodes grasses

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescences of slender persistent racemes, usually arranged digitately, less often along a central axis. Spikelets 2-4(-6)-flowered, alternate in two rows, disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes unequal, membranous, 1-nerved, usually persistent. Lowermost floret fertile; fertile lemma cartilaginous, 3-nerved, laterally flattened, usually ciliate on the margins and keel, entire or 2-lobed at the apex with a subapical awn; 2nd to 6th florets sterile; lemmas vestigial, awned or awnless.

Worldwide: c. 55 species in tropical and warm temperate regions of both hemispheres

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

Chloris pycnothrix

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
diluta RenvoizeCDescription
gayana KunthN,W,C,E,SDescription
mossambicensis K. Schum.E,SDescription
pycnothrix Trin.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
roxburghiana Schult.N,W,C,E,SDescription
virgata Sw.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Chloris:

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

External websites:

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

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: Chloris.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=175, retrieved 21 May 2024

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