G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Botswana: 20 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acinifolius StapfDescription
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & TournayNDescription
albicans (Nees ex Trin.) NeesN,SE
bechuanicus Gooss.[NrEnd][DD]N,SW,SEDescription
consimilis Fresen.SEDescription, Image
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.NDescription
coromandelianus (Retz.) KunthN,SW
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,SEDescription, Image
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesN,SW,SEDescription
ioclados (Trin.) NeesN,SW,SEDescription
macranthelus Chiov.
myrianthus Benth.Description
natalensis (Steud.) T. Durand & Schinz
nitens StentSEDescription
panicoides A. Rich.N,SEDescription, Image
paniculatus (Trin.) T. Durand & Schinz
pyramidalis P. Beauv.NDescription, Image
spicatus (Vahl) KunthN,SEDescription
stapfianus Gand.Description, Image
virginicus (L.) KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sporobolus
Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Sporobolus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 25 April 2024

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