G.391. Chloris Sw. - Rhodes grasses

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescences of slender persistent racemes, usually arranged digitately, less often along a central axis. Spikelets 2-4(-6)-flowered, alternate in two rows, disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes unequal, membranous, 1-nerved, usually persistent. Lowermost floret fertile; fertile lemma cartilaginous, 3-nerved, laterally flattened, usually ciliate on the margins and keel, entire or 2-lobed at the apex with a subapical awn; 2nd to 6th florets sterile; lemmas vestigial, awned or awnless.

Worldwide: c. 55 species in tropical and warm temperate regions of both hemispheres

Botswana: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
gayana KunthN
pycnothrix Trin.Description, Image
roxburghiana Schult.N,SE
virgata Sw.N,SW,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Chloris:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chloris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chloris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Chloris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chloris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chloris
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chloris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Chloris.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=175, retrieved 6 December 2019

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