Panicum novemnerve Stapf

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Status: Native
Hispid annual with branching culms 30–60 cm. high. Leaf laminae 6–20 cm. long, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate or tapering to a finely pointed apex. Panicle 10–20 cm. long, ovate, much branched, the branches spreading or ascending, flexuous. Spikelets, 2.2–2.5 mm. long; narrowly ovate, inferior glume broadly ovate, 1/2 the length of the spikelet, 5-nerved, acute or acuminate; superior glume as long as the spikelet, 7–9-nerved, acute; inferior lemma similar to the superior glume, its palea poorly developed, sterile; superior lemma and palea glossy.
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Habitat: Weedy and disturbed open habitats
Altitude range: 1080 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 33.

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 107.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 142.

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Flora of Botswana: Panicum novemnerve
Flora of Caprivi: Panicum novemnerve
Flora of Malawi: Panicum novemnerve
Flora of Zimbabwe: Panicum novemnerve

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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: Panicum novemnerve., retrieved 22 February 2024

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