G.370. Eleusine Gaertn.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence composed of digitate or subdigitate racemes borne on a short axis; racemes with 2-seriate spikelets, terminating in a fertile spikelet. Spikelets several-flowered, laterally flattened, disarticulating above the glumes and between the florets (not the latter in E. coracana). Glumes 1-several-nerved, shorter than the lemmas, awnless. Lemmas 3-nerved, strongly keeled, sometimes the keels thickened and containing 1-3 closely spaced extra nerves, glabrous, obtuse to acute.

Derivation of name: from Greek: Eleusine, a name for Demeter, goddess of grain.

Worldwide: 10 species mostly in east and northeast Africa; 1 a cosmopolitan weed (indica) and 1 confined to South America.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africana Kenn.-O'ByrneN,MDescription, Image
indica (L.) Gaertn.Z,GI,M

Other sources of information about Eleusine:

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Flora of Botswana: Eleusine
Flora of Caprivi: Eleusine
Flora of Malawi: Eleusine
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Eleusine
Flora of Zambia: Eleusine
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eleusine
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Eleusine

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eleusine
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eleusine
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eleusine
Wikipedia: Eleusine
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eleusine
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eleusine

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Eleusine.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=168, retrieved 27 October 2020

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