G.409. Cynodon Rich.

Description of the genus

Perennials, usually rhizomatous and/or stoloniferous and sward-forming. Inflorescence of digitate 1-sided racemes, sometimes borne in 2 or more closely-spaced whorls. Spikelets borne on a flat or semi-terete (crescent-shaped in section) rhachis. Spikelets 1-flowered, with or without a rhachilla-extension, sessile, laterally flattened, alternate in 2 rows, tardily disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes subequal, membranous, 1-nerved, shorter than the floret. Lemma membranous, keeled, acute or emarginate, awnless.

Worldwide: 8 species in tropical and warm temperate regions

Zimbabwe: 7 taxa.

Cynodon dactylon

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aethiopicus Clayton & HarlanN,C,E
dactylon (L.) Pers.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
incompletus NeesC
nlemfuensis Vanderyst var. nlemfuensis N,W,C,E,S
nlemfuensis Vanderyst var. robustus Clayton & HarlanC,E
plectostachyus (K. Schum.) Pilg.C
transvaalensis Burtt DavyC

Other sources of information about Cynodon:

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Flora of Botswana: Cynodon
Flora of Caprivi: Cynodon
Flora of Malawi: Cynodon
Flora of Mozambique: Cynodon
Flora of Zambia: Cynodon

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cynodon
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cynodon
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cynodon
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cynodon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cynodon
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cynodon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cynodon.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=182, retrieved 15 July 2020

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