G.495. Paspalum L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule membranous. Inflorescence consisting of 1-sided racemes, these digitate or borne upon a central axis, rarely solitary; rhachis flat, sometimes broadly winged. Spikelets orbicular to ovate, usually plano-convex, dorsally flattened, single or paired, in 2-4 rows; lower glume usually 0, rarely present as a small scale; upper glume as long as spikelet; lower floret barren with the lower lemma resembling the upper glume, palea 0; upper lemma coriaceous to crustaceous, usually obtuse.

Worldwide: c.330 species in tropical and warm areas, especially in America

Zambia: 7 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
dilatatum Poir.C,SLkDescription
distichum L.Description, Image
glumaceum ClaytonN,W,CCb,NDescription
lamprocaryon K. Schum.N,WNwDescription
notatum FlüggéCLkDescription, Image
scrobiculatum L.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,Lp,C,LkDescription, Image
vaginatum Sw.CImage

Other sources of information about Paspalum:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Paspalum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=200, retrieved 24 April 2024

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