G.606. Andropogon L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, of paired or digitate (occasionally single) racemes, sometimes numerous and crowded into a spathate false panicle; racemes lacking homogamous pairs; internodes and pedicels filiform to obovoid. Sessile spikelet dorsally flattened or squeezed between pedicel and internode; callus obtuse, inserted in the concave top of the internode; lower glume membranous to coriaceous, mostly flat, concave or deeply grooved on the back, 2-keeled; upper glume with or without an awn; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma hyaline, 2-lobed, with a conspicuous awn from the sinus. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren (sometimes 0), usually awnless. Similar to Ischaemum. See the note under that genus.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in tropical and warm regions

Zambia: 15 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
africanus Franch.SDescription
amethystinus Steud. W
brazzae Franch.B,N,W,SW
chinensis (Nees) Merr.N,W,C,SN,Lk
distachyos L.N
eucomus Nees subsp. eucomus B,N,W,C,E,SN,Lk,WDescription, Image
eucomus Nees subsp. huillensis (Rendle) SalesB,N,W,CWDescription, Image
fastigiatus Sw.N,W,C,SLk,S
festuciformis Rendle B,N,W,CW
gayanus KunthB,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,Lk,S,WDescription
ligulatus (Stapf) ClaytonN,W,CLp
mannii Hook. f.N
perligulatus StapfN,W,C,S
schirensis Hochst. ex A. Rich.B,N,W,C,E,SN,C,LkDescription
textilis Welw.B,N

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

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

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: Andropogon.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=241, retrieved 21 February 2024

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