Panicum zambesiense Renvoize

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Status: Native
Annual; culms erect, 25–60 cm. high. Leaf laminae 6–16 cm. long and 4–8 mm. wide, linear or linear lanceolate, cordate, acute or finely pointed. Panicle 6–18 cm. long, oblong, moderately branched, the branches flexuous, ascending or appressed to the axis. Spikelets 2.5–3 mm. long, lanceolate, glabrous; inferior glume 1/2 the length of the spikelet, ovate, 1-nerved, acuminate; superior glume 7-nerved, acuminate; inferior lemma 7-nerved, acuminate, its palea poorly developed, sterile; superior lemma and palea glossy, pale or dark brown.
Type location:
Zimbabwe, Hwange
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Habitat: Woodland on argillaceous or arenaceous soils
Altitude range: 1100 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, not known elsewhere
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 21.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Panicum zambesiense
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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 zambesiense., retrieved 5 March 2024

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