G.606. Andropogon L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, of paired or digitate (occasionally single) racemes, sometimes numerous and crowded into a spathate false panicle; racemes lacking homogamous pairs; internodes and pedicels filiform to obovoid. Sessile spikelet dorsally flattened or squeezed between pedicel and internode; callus obtuse, inserted in the concave top of the internode; lower glume membranous to coriaceous, mostly flat, concave or deeply grooved on the back, 2-keeled; upper glume with or without an awn; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma hyaline, 2-lobed, with a conspicuous awn from the sinus. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren (sometimes 0), usually awnless. Similar to Ischaemum. See the note under that genus.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 16 taxa.

Andropogon eucomus subsp. huillensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africanus Franch.EDescription
appendiculatus NeesEDescription
brazzae Franch.WDescription
canaliculatus Schumach.C,E,SDescription
chinensis (Nees) Merr.N,W,C,E,SDescription
distachyos L.EDescription
eucomus Nees subsp. eucomus N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
eucomus Nees subsp. huillensis (Rendle) SalesW,C,E,SDescription, Image
fastigiatus Sw.N,W,C,SDescription
gayanus KunthN,W,C,E,SDescription
lacunosus J.G. AndersonEDescription
ligulatus (Stapf) ClaytonW,C,EDescription
mannii Hook. f.EDescription
perligulatus StapfN,C,E,SDescription
schirensis Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription
textilis Welw.N,CDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Andropogon
Flora of Caprivi: Andropogon
Flora of Malawi: Andropogon
Flora of Mozambique: Andropogon
Flora of Zambia: Andropogon

External websites:

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

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: Andropogon.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=241, retrieved 8 December 2023

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