Triraphis schinzii Hack.

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Synonyms: Triraphis schlechteri Pilg. ex Stent
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Status: Native
Caespitose perennial with short erect rhizome; culms up to 150 cm tall, erect, tough, leafy throughout; leaf lamina up to 30 cm × 5 mm, usually flat, setaceously acuminate.Panicle 17–32 cm long, elliptic, loose; the branches slender, flexuous, densely spiculate towards the tip.Spikelets 4–6-flowered, 6–11 mm long excluding the awns, narrowly oblong; glumes somewhat unequal in length, the inferior 2.8–4 mm long, the superior 3.6–4.5 mm long; lemmas lanceolate, the body c. 5 mm long; awns 5–7 mm long; anthers 0.8–1 mm long.
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Habitat: In dry open woodland and scrub, on Kalahari Sand and on basic sandy soils
Altitude range: Up to 1480 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 21 - 22. (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 111.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 147.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Triraphis schinzii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Triraphis schinzii., retrieved 19 July 2024

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