G.503. Setaria P. Beauv. - Bristle grasses


Clayton, W.D. (1989) Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3)

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Leaves flat or folded, sometimes plicate. Ligule usually a ciliate rim. Inflorescence usually a panicle, either open or dense and spike-like; the spikelets subtended by 1 or more bristles which persist on the axis after the spikelets fall. Spikelets oblong to ovate, ± plano-convex, awnless; glumes unequal, the lower generally much smaller, ovate from a clasping base; lower floret male or barren, as long as the spikelet, herbaceous; upper lemma crustaceous, strongly convex on the back, often rugose.

Derivation of name: from the Latin, seta, a bristle, referring to the persistent bristles subtending the spikelets

Worldwide: c.150 species in tropical and warm zones

Botswana: 9 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Gnophodes betsimena (Yellow-banded evening brown)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
homonyma (Steud.) Chiov.NDescription, Image
incrassata (Hochst.) Hack.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
lindenbergiana (Nees) StapfSEDescription, Image
longiseta P. Beauv.Description
pseudaristata (Peter) Pilg.NDescription
pumila (Poir.) Roem. & Schult.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
sagittifolia (A. Rich.) Walp.N,SEDescription, Image
sphacelata (Schumach.) MossN,SEDescription, Image
verticillata (L.) P. Beauv.N,SWDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Setaria:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Setaria.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=202, retrieved 1 June 2023

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