G.081. Leersia Sw.

Description of the genus

Perennials (ours). Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle with slender branches. Spikelets 1-flowered, bisexual; glumes 0 or rudimentary; sterile lemmas 0; fertile lemma boat-shaped, strongly keeled, 5-nerved, awnless or tapering to a short awn-like structure. Stamens 6.

Derivation of name: after Johann Daniel Leers, 1727-1774, German botanist

Worldwide: 17 species in tropical and warm temperate regions

Zambia: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
denudata LaunertB,N,W,C,SCb,N,S,WDescription
friesii Melderis N,SN,S
hexandra Sw.B,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
nematostachya Launert WNw
oncothrix C.E. Hubb. N,SN,S
tisserantii (A.Chev.) Launert NN

Other sources of information about Leersia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Leersia
Flora of Caprivi: Leersia
Flora of Malawi: Leersia
Flora of Mozambique: Leersia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leersia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Leersia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=118, retrieved 28 January 2023

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