804.090 Platycaulos H.P. Linder

Description of the genus

Culms usually branching, bearing persistent leaf-sheaths. Male spikelets in panicles or spikes, usually many per inflorescence (less often solitary and terminal); usually many florets per spikelet; each floret with a spathe or sheath at base; bracts many; perianth of 4-6 segments in 2 rows. Female inflorescence similar to or quite different from the male inflorescence, often with larger spikelets. Female spikelets with few-several bracts; perianth segments bony; ovary 1-3-locular; styles 3, plumose. Fruit a capsule, (1-)2-3-seeded.

Worldwide: 12 species in Africa and Madagascar.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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mahonii (N.E. Br.) H.P. Linder &C.R. Hardy subsp. mahonii

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Flora of Malawi: Platycaulos
Flora of Mozambique: Platycaulos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Platycaulos

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Platycaulos
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Wikipedia: Platycaulos
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Platycaulos
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Platycaulos

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: Platycaulos.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=310, retrieved 20 March 2023

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