G.591. Dichanthium Willemet

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of single, paired or digitate racemes. Each raceme with 1-6 homogamous pairs of spikelets at the base; these male or neuter; upper spikelets with each pair markedly different; the sessile fertile, the pedicellate male or barren. Rhachis internodes and pedicels slender, solid, without a translucent, hyaline central line. Sessile spikelet: callus obtuse; lower glume sometimes pitted; apex acute to broadly obtuse; upper lemma awned from its entire apex; awn glabrous. Pedicellate spikelet similar to sessile but usually male or neuter and awnless.

Worldwide: 20 species in the Old World tropics.

Botswana: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
annulatum (Forssk.) Stapf var. papillosum (A. Rich.) de Wet & HarlanN,SEDescription
annulatum (Forssk.) Stapf var. annulatum Description
sericeum (R. Br.) A. CamusDescription

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Dichanthium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dichanthium

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Wikipedia: Dichanthium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dichanthium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dichanthium

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: Dichanthium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=233, retrieved 31 January 2023

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