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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Flora of Mozambique: Microstegium

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Microstegium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Microstegium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Microstegium
Wikipedia: Microstegium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microstegium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Microstegium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Microstegium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=226, retrieved 1 February 2023

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