G.257. Elytrophorus P. Beauv.

Description of the genus

Annuals. Inflorescence strongly condensed with the spikelets borne in dense globular clusters along a central axis, sometimes confluent. Outer spikelets of each glomerule with enlarged lower glume and empty lemmas, thus forming a chaffy involucre. Spikelets strongly laterally flattened, 3-6-flowered, all flowers bisexual; glumes subequal, a little shorter than the spikelet, 1-nerved; lemmas 3-nerved, ciliate on margins and keel, entire, ± awned; palea a little shorter than the lemma, keels narrowly or conspicuously winged.

Worldwide: 2 species in the Old World tropics (Africa, India and Australia)

Caprivi: 2 taxa.

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globularis Hack.Description
spicatus (Willd.) A. CamusDescription

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Elytrophorus

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 Caprivi: Genus page: Elytrophorus.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=141, retrieved 8 February 2023

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