Ischaemum fasciculatum Brongn.

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Synonyms: Andropogon arcuatus (Nees) Steud.
Andropogon fasciculatus (Brongn.) Steud.
Ischaemum arcuatum (Nees) Stapf
Ischaemum fasciculatum var. arcuatum (Nees) Hack.
Ischaemum junodii Hack.
Ischaemum melleri Stent
Ischaemum purpurascens Stapf
Spodiopogon arcuatus Nees
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Status: Native
Rambling or prostrate rhizomatous perennial; culms up to 150 cm high; leaf laminas 5–25 cm × 3–20 mm, glabrous or pubescent. Inflorescence mostly terminal, of 2–5(8) subdigitate racemes each 3–15 cm long; rhachis internodes and pedicels ciliate, yellowish to purple, subequal, clavate. Sessile spikelet 4–7 mm long (including the large oblong callus 1–1.5 mm long), narrowly elliptic; inferior glume chartaceous or sometimes subcoriaceous in the inferior third, 2-keeled above but merely incurved towards the base, convex, glabrescent to villous, the keels with or without wings, these sometimes forming a prominent lateral tooth or lobe, usually bidentate at the apex; superior lemma with an awn 5–15 mm long. Pedicelled spikelet as long as the sessile spikelet but laterally compressed, geniculately awned from the superior lemma.
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Habitat: Growing in rainforest, montane grassland and bogs, along streamsides and by waterfalls, and in low-lying swamps on sandy soils
Altitude range: Up to 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, extending eastwards through India to Indo-China
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 51 - 53.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 46. As Isachaemum purpurascens

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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 190.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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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: Ischaemum fasciculatum., retrieved 27 February 2024

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