G.621. Heteropogon Pers.

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Infl a solitary raceme arising terminally and in the axils, sometimes loosely aggregated in a false panicle; raceme with homogamous spikelets for the lower 1/4-2/3 of their length; internodes linear. Sessile spikelets terete; callus pungent; lower glume convex; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret passing directly into an awn. Pedicellate spikelets male or barren, larger than the sessile, awnless.

Worldwide: 6 species in tropical and warm Africa and S Europe

Caprivi: 2 taxa.

Heteropogon contortus

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

contortus (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.Description, Image
melanocarpus (Elliott) Benth.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Heteropogon:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Heteropogon
Flora of Malawi: Heteropogon
Flora of Mozambique: Heteropogon
Flora of Zambia: Heteropogon
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heteropogon

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Heteropogon.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=250, retrieved 27 November 2022

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