G.626. Elionurus Kunth ex Willd.

Description of the genus

Lemon-scented perennials (in ours). Inflorescence a single raceme, terminal or axillary and sometimes gathered into a false panicle. Racemes flexuous; internodes columnar to subclavate, strongly oblique at the summit, neither crater-like nor scarious-rimmed. Sessile spikelet: callus often large; lower glume laterally 2-keeled, the keels ciliately fringed and often with an oil-streak on the inner side, not ridged, usually 2-fid; upper glume awnless; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma entire and awnless. Pedicellate spikelet well-developed, awnless or shortly aristate.

Worldwide: 15 species in tropical Africa, America and Australia

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
muticus (Spreng.) KuntzeN,W,C,E,SLkDescription, Image
platypus Trin. B
tripsacoides Willd.B,N,C,E,SN,LkDescription

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

External websites:

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

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: Elionurus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=254, retrieved 20 May 2024

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