G.488. Eriochloa Kunth

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence of racemes along a central axis or a panicle condensed about the primary branches (E. meyeriana). Spikelets single, paired or clustered, elliptic, thinly biconvex, supported on a globular bead-like callus; lower glume vestigial (but present in E. meyeriana), adnate to the swollen basal internode; upper glume as long as spikelet, often with an awn; upper lemma coriaceous, granulate, usually mucronate.

Worldwide: c. 30 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
fatmensis (Hochst. & Steud.) ClaytonW,SDescription
macclounii StapfN,WDescription
meyeriana (Nees) Pilg.N,W,C,E,SDescription
procera (Retz.) C.E. Hubb.CDescription
stapfiana ClaytonE,SDescription

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriochloa
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iNaturalist: Eriochloa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriochloa
JSTOR Plant Science: Eriochloa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriochloa
Plants of the World Online: Eriochloa
Tropicos: Eriochloa
Wikipedia: Eriochloa

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: Eriochloa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=199, retrieved 16 April 2024

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