G.485. Brachiaria (Trin.) Griseb.

PSEUDOBRACHIARIA Launert

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence of racemes along a central axis; spikelets single and adaxial, paired or rarely in fascicles. Spikelets plump, obtuse to acute; sometimes the lowest internode elongated and then forming a short stipe (B. nigropedata) lower glume usually shorter than spikelet; lower lemma awnless (rarely in B. nigropedata and B. serrata with a short awn point); upper lemma as long as the spikelet, coriaceous to crustaceous; apex acute, obtuse or rarely mucronulate.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in warm regions, mainly Africa

Zimbabwe: 20 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Lined pearl) Larval foodplant
Brachiaria nigropedata

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arrecta (T. Durand & Schinz) StentN,W,C,EDescription, Image
bovonei (Chiov.) RobynsN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
brizantha (A. Rich.) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
deflexa (Schumach.) RobynsN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
dura StapfW
eruciformis (J.E. Sm.) Griseb.N,W,C,E,S
grossa StapfN,W,C,E,S
humidicola (Rendle) Schweick.N,W,C,E,S
jubata (Fig. & De Not.) StapfN,W,C
leucacrantha (K. Schum.) StapfW
malacodes (Mez & K. Schum.) ScholzN
nigropedata (Ficalho & Hiern) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
ramosa (L.) StapfN,W,C,E,S
rugulosa StapfN
scalaris Pilg.E
serrata (Thunb.) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
serrifolia (Hochst.) StapfE,S
subulifolia (Mez) ClaytonN,W,C,E
umbellata (Trin.) ClaytonE
xantholeuca (Schinz) StapfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Brachiaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Brachiaria
Flora of Caprivi: Brachiaria
Flora of Malawi: Brachiaria
Flora of Mozambique: Brachiaria
Flora of Zambia: Brachiaria
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Brachiaria

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Brachiaria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=197, retrieved 19 November 2019

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