G.591. Dichanthium Willemet

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of single, paired or digitate racemes. Each raceme with 1-6 homogamous pairs of spikelets at the base; these male or neuter; upper spikelets with each pair markedly different; the sessile fertile, the pedicellate male or barren. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender, solid, without a translucent, hyaline central line. Sessile spikelet: callus obtuse; lower glume sometimes pitted; apex acute to broadly obtuse; upper lemma awned from its entire apex; awn glabrous. Pedicellate spikelet similar to sessile but usually male or neuter and awnless.

Worldwide: 20 species in the Old World tropics.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Dichanthium aristatum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
annulatum (Forssk.) Stapf var. papillosum (A. Rich.) de Wet & HarlanN,W,C,E,SDescription
annulatum (Forssk.) Stapf var. annulatum N,W,C,SDescription
aristatum (Poir.) C.E. Hubb.CDescription, Image

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

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

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: Dichanthium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=233, retrieved 28 May 2024

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