Coelorachis afraurita (Stapf) Stapf

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Synonyms: Rottboellia afraurita Stapf
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Status: Native
Caespitose perennial; culms up to 400 cm high, robust, erect. Basal leaf sheaths strongly laterally compressed and flabellate; leaf laminas 30–100 cm or more × 4–12 mm, conduplicate when dry. Racemes 2–7 cm long, dorsiventrally flattened with imbricate spikelets, embraced below by the spatheole, fastigiate in a copious false panicle. Sessile spikelet narrowly oblong; inferior glume 3–4.5 mm long, thinly coriaceous, smooth, faintly nerved, membranously winged above, the wings distinct from the body of the glume. Pedicelled spikelet 2.5–4 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, asymmetrically winged above; pedicel clavate, with a narrowly lanceolate auricle on one side towards the apex.
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Habitat: Growing in marshes and bogs and along the edges of streams, rivers and ponds
Altitude range: 1100 - 1830 m
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 33.

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.

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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: Coelorachis afraurita., retrieved 21 April 2024

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