Poecilostachys oplismenoides (Hack.) Clayton

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Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Chloachne oplismenoides (Hack.) Robyns
Chloachne secunda Stapf
Oplismenus anomalus Peter
Panicum oplismenoides Hackel
Poecilostachys flaccidula Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Trailing perennial grass often with aerial roots at the nodes. Culms 30–100 cm. Leaves lanceolate. Inflorescence a lax raceme along a central axis. Spikelets in pairs or small clusters, lanceolate, 6-8 mm. Inferior glume 1/3–2/3 length of spikelet, acute to acuminate. Superior glume and inferior lemma armed with stiff bristles based in yellowish tubercles. Superior lemma cartilaginous.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: oplismenoides: resembling the genus Oplismenus, another genus of forest grasses
Habitat: In shaded evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: From Nigeria and Ethiopia south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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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 361. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13. As Chloachne oplismenoides

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 3 - 4. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 32. As Chloachne oplismenoides

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 108.

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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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Poecilostachys oplismenoides
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Poecilostachys oplismenoides

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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: Poecilostachys oplismenoides.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=106040, retrieved 18 July 2024

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