G.578. Microstegium Nees

Description of the genus

Annual (in ours). Inflorescence of 1-many subdigitate racemes. Spikelets all alike or nearly so, paired, one sessile, one pedicellate, dorsally flattened with an obtuse callus. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender, filiform to clavate. Lower glume with a median groove on the back, sharply inflexed on the flanks, acute to 2-dentate. Upper glume often awned. Lower floret variable, often male or rudimentary. Upper lemma entire to 2-fid with a glabrous awn.

Worldwide: 15 species in the Old World tropics and warm regions, especially in Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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nudum (Trin.) A. CamusEDescription

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Flora of Mozambique: Microstegium

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

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: Microstegium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=226, retrieved 21 May 2024

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