Brachiaria grossa Stapf

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Synonyms: Panicum nudiglume var. major Rendle
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Status: Native
Annual. Culms 30–100 cm. high. Leaf laminae cordate or not, the margins scaberulous. Inflorescence of 3–14 racemes, these 3–10 cm. long, bearing paired loosely continguous spikelets on a stiff triquetrous rhachis. Spikelets 3–4 mm. long, obovate-elliptic, glabrous, obtuse to subacute, without a stipe. Inferiorglume1/4–1/2 length of spikelet. Superior lemma coarsely rugose, obtuse.
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Habitat: Open places in savanna woodland
Altitude range: 500 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya to S. Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 76 - 77. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 432. (Includes a picture).

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 101.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 132.

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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: Brachiaria grossa., retrieved 26 February 2024

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