G.081. Leersia Sw.

Description of the genus

Perennials (ours). Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle with slender branches. Spikelets 1-flowered, bisexual; glumes 0 or rudimentary; sterile lemmas 0; fertile lemma boat-shaped, strongly keeled, 5-nerved, awnless or tapering to a short awn-like structure. Stamens 6.

Derivation of name: after Johann Daniel Leers, 1727-1774, German botanist

Worldwide: 17 species in tropical and warm temperate regions

Botswana: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
denudata LaunertDescription
friesii Melderis
hexandra Sw.NDescription, Image
tisserantii (A.Chev.) Launert

Other sources of information about Leersia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Leersia
Flora of Malawi: Leersia
Flora of Mozambique: Leersia
Flora of Zambia: Leersia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leersia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Leersia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=118, retrieved 7 December 2023

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