G.495. Paspalum L.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule membranous. Inflorescence consisting of 1-sided racemes, these digitate or borne upon a central axis, rarely solitary; rhachis flat, sometimes broadly winged. Spikelets orbicular to ovate, usually plano-convex, dorsally flattened, single or paired, in 2-4 rows; lower glume usually 0, rarely present as a small scale; upper glume as long as spikelet; lower floret barren with the lower lemma resembling the upper glume, palea 0; upper lemma coriaceous to crustaceous, usually obtuse.

Worldwide: c.330 species in tropical and warm areas, especially in America

Zambia: 7 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
dilatatum Poir.C,SLk
distichum L.Image
glumaceum ClaytonN,W,CCb,N
lamprocaryon K. Schum.N,WNw
notatum FlüggéCLkDescription, Image
scrobiculatum L.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,Lp,C,LkDescription, Image
vaginatum Sw.CImage

Other sources of information about Paspalum:

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Flora of Botswana: Paspalum
Flora of Caprivi: Paspalum
Flora of Malawi: Paspalum
Flora of Mozambique: Paspalum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Paspalum

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Paspalum.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=200, retrieved 26 September 2017

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