Microchloa kunthii Desv.

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Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Petra Ballings
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Microchloa kunthii

Picture: Petra Ballings
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Microchloa abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small and slender, mat-forming perennial grass; culms up to 60 cm tall but often much smaller; leaves mostly crowded at the base, filiform, up to 13 cm long; leaf sheaths splitting into a dense cushion of fibres. Racemes slender, straight or falcate, up to 21 cm long, dark purple, hairless at the base. Spikelets 1-flowered, 2.3–3.2 mm long; lemma 1.9–2.8 mm long.
Type location:
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kunthii: after Karl Sigismund Kunth (1788-1850), German professor of botany at the University of Berlin and Vice President of the botanical garden. Also co-author of Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1815-1825).
Habitat: On shallow soil over rock in montane grasslands and on rocky outcrops, on stony hillsides, in bare patches in miombo woodland and at margins of dambos.
Altitude range: 650 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa, Arabia, China, India and tropical South America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lk,W
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 354.

Chapano, C. (2002). A checklist of Zimbabwean grasses Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 16. Pretoria. Page 8.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 230.

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 137.

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 Page 447.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 49.

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 58.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microchloa kunthii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Microchloa kunthii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105860, retrieved 16 July 2019

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