Panicum trichocladum Hack. ex K. Schum.

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Status: Native
Perennial with slender, scrambling culms 20–300 cm. long. Leaf laminae 5–15(18) cm. long and 4–18 mm. wide, lanceolate, acuminate. Panicle 6–20 cm. long, ovate, densely hairy on the main axis immediately below the lowest branches, rarely glabrous. Spikelets (2.2)2.5–3 mm. long, oblong, overtopped by long cilia from the apex of the pedicel; inferior glume 1/8–1/4 the length of the spikelet, scale-like, nerveless, obtuse or truncate; superior glume 5-nerved; inferior lemma 5–7-nerved, enclosing a male flower, its palea well developed; superior lemma smooth.
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Habitat: Bush or forest shade, on stony or arenaceous soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Northwards to DRC and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C
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Insects associated with this species: Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Larval foodplant)
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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 358.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 17.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 52.

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.

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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 trichocladum., retrieved 25 February 2024

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