G.377. Sporobolus R. Br.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a panicle, often with whorled primary branches. Spikelets nearly always glabrous, awnless. Ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered. Glumes membranous, the upper usually longer than the lower. Lemma 1(-3)-nerved, without awns, usually shining; palea as long as lemma or a little shorter. Grain with free pericarp. Fruit rounded or truncate at tip, not beaked. Sporobolus species may resemble species of Eragrostis but are always 1-flowered whereas Eragrostis species have more than 1 floret per spikelet.

Worldwide: c. 160 species in the tropics and subtropics

Mozambique: 23 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acinifolius Stapf
africanus (Poir.) A. Robyns & Tournay
centrifugus (Trin.) Nees
congoensis Franch.MS
consimilis Fresen.Z,T,GI,MImage
cordofanus (Steud.) Coss.T
festivus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,Z,T,MS,GIImage
fimbriatus (Trin.) NeesN,Z,MS,GI,M
ioclados (Trin.) NeesT,MS,GI,M
mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & Schinz
micranthus (Steud.) T. Durand & Schinz
molleri Hack.N,TDescription, Image
myrianthus Benth.
nitens Stent
panicoides A. Rich.N,T,MDescription, Image
piliferus (Trin.) Kunth
pyramidalis P. Beauv.N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
sanguineus RendleN,Z,MSDescription, Image
stapfianus Gand.Description, Image
subtilis KunthMS,GI,MDescription, Image
tenuissimus (Schrank) Kuntze
virginicus (L.) KunthGIImage
welwitschii Rendle

Other sources of information about Sporobolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus
Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus
Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sporobolus

External websites:

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

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: Sporobolus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=171, retrieved 14 July 2020

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