G.571. Imperata Cirillo

Description of the genus

Rhizomatous perennials. Leaves mostly basal. Inflorescence a narrow spike-like panicle, the numerous long primary branches bearing very short secondary racemes. Spikelets of each pair similar; callus conspicuously bearded, the hairs forming an involucre around the spikelet; glumes equal, as long as spikelet, membranous; lower floret reduced to a lanceolate to oblong lemma, shorter than spikelet; upper floret bisexual; lemma lanceolate to oblong, hyaline, awnless.

Worldwide: 8 species in tropical and warm areas

Botswana: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Imperata:

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

External websites:

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

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: Imperata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=224, retrieved 17 June 2024

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