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Genus: Dichanthium

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are about 20 species worldwide (Old World tropics) of which one species, Dichanthium annulatum (Blue grama), is native to southern Africa, and Dichanthium aristatum is naturalised. In addition, Dichanthium caricosum and Dichanthium sericeum are cultivated in the region

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Dichanthium annulatum (Blue grama)

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Dichanthium aristatum

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dichanthium caricosum

Native to India and south-east Asia.

 

Dichanthium sericeum

 

 


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