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Themeda Forssk.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Poaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • KANGAROO GRASS - English, United States of America
  • CHRISTMAS GRASS - English, United States of America


Notes: An Old World tropical and subtropical genus of ca. 18 species (Barkworth 2003m), including some of the principal cover grasses in tropical fire-maintained grasslands. Some are used as ornamentals and others as forage; several are significant weed species (Watson & Dallwitz 1999). Like all members of the Andropogoneae, Themeda is characterized by C₄ photosynthesis (Watson & Dallwitz 1999; Kellogg 2000a). (Arabic: thaemed, a depression where water collects after rain and later evaporates, in reference to the habitat of some speciesóBarkworth 2003m) (subfamily Panicoideae, tribe Andropogoneae)