Megastachya mucronata (Poir.) P. Beauv.

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Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Megastachya mucronata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Centotheca maxima Peter
Centotheca mucronata (Poir.) Kuntze
Poa mucronata Poir.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual or short-lived perennial grass, 30-110 cm high, sometimes erect but usually decumbent, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves mostly densely crowded around the base of the culms, more or less broadly lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, up to 10(15) cm long, tapering to a fine point, auriculate or broadly rounded at the base, inconspicuously puberulous but soon becoming hairless, scaberulous along the edges. Inflorescence a usually lax and open panicle, broadly elliptic or obovate in outline, 12-35 x 5-25 cm, erect, often partly enclosed in the sheath of the uppermost leaf; branches up to 18 cm long, spreading or obliquely ascending. Pedicels filiform, up to 15 mm long. Spikelets oblong to linear-oblong, 9-21 mm long.
Type location:
Tropical Africa
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mucronata: possessing a short narrow point at the apex, mucronate
Habitat: In woodland or swamp thicket, usually in shade.
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Worldwide distribution: Western tropical Africa, Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa and Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 136.

Fish, L., Mashau, A.C., Moeaha, M.J. & Nembudani, M.T. (2015). Identification Guide to Southern African Grasses Strelitzia 36 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 430 - 431. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 141 - 142. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 106.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 132.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Megastachya mucronata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Megastachya mucronata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Megastachya mucronata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Megastachya mucronata
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Megastachya mucronata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103920, retrieved 16 August 2018

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