G.052. Olyra L.

Description of the genus

Monoecious forest grass with broad leaf laminae. Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Spikelets unisexual, 1-flowered, with the 2 sexes mixed or in separate inflorescences on the same plant. Female spikelets much larger than the male. Glumes 2, subequal, often acuminate or caudate. Lemmas awnless, shorter than the glumes, coriaceous or cartilaginous (female spikelets) or membranous (male spikelets). Stamens (2-)3.

Worldwide: 23 species in tropical America; 1 also in Africa and Madagascar

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Olyra:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Olyra
Flora of Malawi: Olyra
Flora of Mozambique: Olyra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Olyra

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Olyra.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=115, retrieved 4 March 2024

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