G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Zambia: 31 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
acinifolius StapfBWDescription
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & TournayB,W,C,ENw,Lk,WDescription
agrostoides Chiov.
angustifolius A.Rich. N,SN,S
centrifugus (Trin.) NeesW,ENw,McDescription
congoensis Franch.B,N,W,C,ENw,N,WDescription
consimilis Fresen.EEDescription, Image
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.N,C,SN,SDescription
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SN,LkDescription, Image
fibrosus Cope N,C
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesSSDescription
ioclados (Trin.) NeesB,C,E,SLk,WDescription
macranthelus Chiov. S
mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,W,CNw,NDescription
micranthus (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzN,W,C,SNw,SDescription
molleri Hack.B,N,W,C,E,SLk,SDescription, Image
myrianthus Benth.N,W,C,E,SNwDescription
natalensis (Steud.) T. Durand & SchinzNw,S
nitens StentNNDescription
olivaceus Napper N
panicoides A. Rich.B,N,C,E,SLk,S,WDescription, Image
paniculatus (Trin.) T. Durand & SchinzLp,Lk
piliferus (Trin.) KunthN,WNwDescription
pyramidalis P. Beauv.B,N,W,C,E,SLk,WDescription, Image
sanguineus RendleB,N,W,C,E,SLk,WDescription, Image
spicatus (Vahl) KunthB,N,E,SS,WDescription
stapfianus Gand.N,C,SN,Lk,SDescription, Image
stolzii MezN,SN,SDescription
subtilis KunthB,N,W,CNw,N,Lk,WDescription, Image
uniglumis Stent & J.M. RattrayN,C,SN,SDescription
welwitschii RendleB,N,W,CN,C,Lk,WDescription

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sporobolus
Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

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: Sporobolus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 5 March 2024

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