Alloteropsis cimicina (L.) Stapf

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Synonyms: Alloteropsis latifolius Peter
Milium cimicinum L.
Urochloa quintasii Mez
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Status: Native
Tufted annual. Culms up to 150 cm; nodes hairy. Lamina 5-20 mm wide, narrowly lanceolate to narrowly ovate, amplexicaul; margin tuberculate-ciliate. Inflorescence of 4-11 racemes, usually in one whorl; racemes 7-25 cm long, bare at the base for at least 1.5 cm. Spikelets 3.5-5.5 mm long. Upper glume cartilaginous, smooth and shining; upper lemma with a 2-4.5 mm awn.
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Habitat: Open savanna woodland, often bordering damp areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Old World tropics
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Lk,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 27.

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 7.

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 99.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 129.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 186.

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Flora of Botswana: Alloteropsis cimicina
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Alloteropsis cimicina
African Plant Database: Alloteropsis cimicina
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Alloteropsis cimicina
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Alloteropsis cimicina
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JSTOR Plant Science: Alloteropsis cimicina
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Alloteropsis cimicina
Plants of the World Online: Alloteropsis cimicina
Tropicos: Alloteropsis cimicina
Wikipedia: Alloteropsis cimicina

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Alloteropsis cimicina., retrieved 25 September 2023

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