Melinis ambigua Hack.
subsp. longicauda (Mez) Zizka

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Synonyms: Melinis goetzenii Mez
Melinis longicauda (Mez) Stapf & Hubbard
Panicum longicaudum Mez
Rhynchelytrum bequaertii Robyns
Rhynchelytrum longicaudum (Mez) Chiov.
Rhynchelytrum shantzii Stapf & Hubbard
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Leaf laminae often involute, (11)14–30 cm. long, 2–4(7) mm. wide. Spikelets (2.7)3.3–4.4(5.2) mm. long. Inferior glume 0.5–1.2 mm. long; superior glume with an awn (1.8)2.5–7(8.3) mm. long. Inferior floret male, rarely barren, its lemma with an awn 6–13(14) mm. long; palea present, scabrous on its keels.
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Derivation of specific name: ambigua: doubtful, of uncertain relationship
Habitat: Secondary grassland at higher elevations, rarely Brachystegia woodland or anthropogenic sites
Altitude range: 1000 - 2500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,Lk
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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 353.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 121 - 123.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 48. As Melinis longicauda

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 106.

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Flora of Malawi: Melinis ambigua subsp. longicauda
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melinis ambigua
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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: Melinis ambigua subsp. longicauda., retrieved 5 March 2024

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