Sporobolus mauritianus (Steud.) T. Durand & Schinz

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Synonyms: Sporobolus artus Stent
Sporobolus centrifugus var. angustus Nees
Sporobolus sp. aff. centrifugus
Vilfa mauritiana Steud.
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Caespitose perennial; culms up to 100 cm tall, erect, unbranched; basal leaf sheaths expanded, chartaceous and pallid or sometimes lightly indurated and yellow, glabrous or pilose, lightly compressed, persistent or sometimes decaying into fibres; leaf laminas 4–26 cm × 1.5–5 mm, soft, involute or folded, rarely flat, glabrous or pilose with tubercle-based hairs on the surface, glabrous or inconspicuously pectinate-ciliate on the margins, acute at the apex.Panicle 5–13(22) cm long, elliptic to pyramidal; branches in a succession of whorls, sometimes irregularly so, progressively shorter upwards, glabrous, glandular or eglandular, the spikelets loosely spread along the distal 1/2 of the primary branches.Spikelets (2.4)2.9–4.8 mm long, brownish to dark olive-green; inferior glume 1/2–2/3(3/4) the length of the spikelet, elliptic or ovate, 0–1-nerved, glabrous, acute at the apex; superior glume as long as the spikelet or almost so, oblong to narrowly ovate, 1-nerved, glabrous, acute to acuminate at the apex; lemma as long as the spikelet or almost so, oblong to narrowly ovate; anthers 3, (1.2)1.6–2.4 mm long.Grain 1.3–2.5 mm long, obovate, laterally compressed.
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Derivation of specific name: mauritianus: from Mauritius
Habitat: Usually in dambo and swampy grassland; also in montane short grassland and wetter miombo, often after fire
Altitude range: 40 - 2290 m
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, tropical Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 362.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 179.

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 110.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 152.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Sporobolus mauritianus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105490, retrieved 19 May 2024

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