G.616. Elymandra Stapf

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Rhachis internodes and pedicels linear. Inflorescence consisting of paired racemes subtended by spatheoles and crowded in a false panicle. Each raceme borne on a stalk (raceme-base); the raceme-bases filiform, unequal. Lower raceme with a single pair of olive-green homogamous spikelets at the base. Sessile spikelet: callus applied obliquely to the apex of the internode with its tip free; lower glume rounded on the back, becoming dark brown; upper glume usually awned; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma 2-lobed, bearing an awn with a hirsute column. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren, narrowly lanceolate, olive-green tinged with brown; callus well-developed.

Worldwide: 6 species in tropical Africa with one also in Brazil

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
grallata (Stapf) ClaytonN,W,C,EDescription
lithophila (Trin.) ClaytonEDescription

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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: Elymandra.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=248, retrieved 1 February 2023

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