G.570. Miscanthus Andersson


Description of the genus

Tall perennials with erect culms. Inflorescence large, plumose, the central axis elongated and bearing crowded racemes on the primary branches; the rhachis of racemes tough, not fracturing at maturity; spikelets paired, similar, both pedicellate. Spikelets surrounded by an involucre of hairs from the callus; glumes equal, as long as spikelet; lower floret a hyaline lemma; upper bisexual; upper lemma hyaline, entire or 2-dentate, with or without an awn.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in the Old World tropics, South Africa and East Asia

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
junceus (Stapf) Pilg.B,N,C,SLp,WDescription
sorghum (Nees) Pilg.SDescription
violaceus (K.Schum.) Pilg. N

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Flora of Botswana: Miscanthus
Flora of Caprivi: Miscanthus
Flora of Mozambique: Miscanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Miscanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Miscanthus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Miscanthus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Miscanthus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Miscanthus
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Tropicos: Miscanthus
Wikipedia: Miscanthus

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: Miscanthus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=223, retrieved 25 September 2023

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