Melinis longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka
subsp. longiseta

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Melinis longiseta subsp. longiseta

Picture: Kevin Dunham
Shangani Ranch, Mahwe Section

Melinis longiseta subsp. longiseta

Picture: Kevin Dunham
Shangani Ranch, Mahwe Section

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Status: Native
Tufted to loosely caespitose perennial. Culms 20–100 cm. high, geniculately ascending or erect. Leaf laminae 4-12 cm. long, 4-9 mm. wide, flat. Panicle 4–17 cm. long, narrowly oblong to linear. Pedicels with a few long hairs. Spikelets 2.3–3.8(4.2) mm. long, usually ovate.. Inferior glume 0.6–1.4 mm. long, inconspicuously 1-nerved, ovate, separated from the superior by an internode 0.3–0.5 mm. long; superior glume 5-nerved, subcoriaceous to coriaceous, emarginate to bilobed, awned, densely hairy on the keel, glabrous on the sides. Inferior floret male, its lemma 5-nerved, similar to the superior glume but glabrous on the keel and hairy on the sides, the palea scabrous on its keels.
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Notes: Leaf laminae 4–12 cm. long, 4–9 mm. wide. Spikelets 2.3–3.8(4.2) mm. long, usually ovate.
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Habitat: Sandy ground in open Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: 1000 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 119 - 120.

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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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 longiseta subsp. longiseta., retrieved 17 April 2024

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