Paspalum glumaceum Clayton

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Status: Native
Tufted perennial. Culms 30–100 cm. high, ascending. Leaf laminae 8–30 cm. long, 8–19 mm. wide, broadly linear to narrowly lanceolate. Racemes 2–3, borne on an axis 1–6 cm. long, each raceme 2–11 cm. long, the spikelets on a rhachis 1.5–2 mm. wide, usually a few of them paired though sometimes the second spikelet represented only by a tooth on the pedicel. Spikelets (2.5) 2.8–3.5 mm. long, broadly elliptic to rotund, light brown. Inferior glume present on at least some of the spikelets as a triangular scale up to 1.5 mm. long. Inferior lemma papery, glabrous to pubescent. Superior lemma brown at maturity.
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Habitat: Flood plains and forest margins
Altitude range: 600 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar, Northwards to Sudan, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 91 - 92. (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 108.

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Flora of Malawi: Paspalum glumaceum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Paspalum glumaceum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Paspalum glumaceum
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Paspalum glumaceum., retrieved 21 May 2022

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