Orthoclada P. Beauv.

Launert, E. (1971) Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1)

Description of the genus

A perennial grass with erect or ascending culms. Inflorescences loose open panicles. Spikelets pedicelled, laterally compressed, imbricate, awnless, 1-5-flowered; rhachilla glabrous or somewhat pubescent, not disarticulating between the florets. Glumes equal in size or the inferior one slightly shorter; the inferior narrowly to broadly lanceolate; the superior broadly lanceolate to lanceolate-oblong. Lemmas somewhat keeled or dorsally rounded, membranous to cartilaginous. Paleas slightly shorter than the corresponding lemmas. Caryopsis free, laterally compressed, obliquely elliptic-oblong in outline.

Worldwide: Two species, one in tropical Africa and one in tropical America.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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africana C.E. Hubb. N,WNw,Lp

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Orthoclada
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Orthoclada
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Orthoclada
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iNaturalist: Orthoclada
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Orthoclada
JSTOR Plant Science: Orthoclada
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Orthoclada
Plants of the World Online: Orthoclada
Tropicos: Orthoclada
Wikipedia: Orthoclada

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: Orthoclada.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2000, retrieved 22 February 2024

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