G.621. Heteropogon Pers.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Infl a solitary raceme arising terminally and in the axils, sometimes loosely aggregated in a false panicle; raceme with homogamous spikelets for the lower 1/4-2/3 of their length; internodes linear. Sessile spikelets terete; callus pungent; lower glume convex; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret passing directly into an awn. Pedicellate spikelets male or barren, larger than the sessile, awnless.

Worldwide: 6 species in tropical and warm Africa and S Europe

Zambia: 2 taxa.

Heteropogon contortus

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
contortus (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.B,N,C,E,SN,LkDescription, Image
melanocarpus (Elliott) Benth.B,N,C,E,SLkDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Heteropogon:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Heteropogon.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=250, retrieved 24 May 2024

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