G.407. Microchloa R.Br.


Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a single raceme, bearing inclined or pectinate spikelets on a semi-terete (crescent-shaped in section) rhachis. Spikelets 1-flowered, (rarely with a second developed male floret), alternate in two rows, disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes subequal, 1-nerved, enclosing the florets; lower keeled, upper dorsally rounded. Lemma membranous, keeled, acute to 2-lobed at the apex, awnless but sometimes minutely mucronate.

Worldwide: 6 species occurring throughout the tropics

Zambia: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
altera (Rendle) StapfC,SLkDescription
annua (Kupicha & Cope) CopeW
caffra NeesN,W,C,E,SSDescription
indica (L.f.) P. Beauv.B,N,C,SS,WDescription
kunthii Desv.N,C,ENw,Lk,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Microchloa:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Microchloa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=181, retrieved 12 April 2024

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