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Panicum delicatulum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Panicum delicatulum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Panicum delicatulum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Panicum caudiglume Stapf
Panicum nyassense Napper
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Status: Native
Annual grass with weak, erect or ascending culms mostly 10–30 cm high. Leaves lanceolate, 3–8 cm long and 5–12 mm wide, thin, flat, acuminate. Panicle ovate, 3–8 cm long, moderately to much branched with very fine branches. Spikelets ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, hairy, acuminate; inferior glume 1/5–1/4 the length of the spikelet; superior glume 3-veined, acuminate; inferior lemma 3-veined; superior lemma pallid, glossy.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: delicatulum: very delicate.
Habitat: Submontane forest
Altitude range: 1500 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 October 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 357.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 38 - 39.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 50. As Panicum caudiglume

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 133.

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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: Panicum delicatulum., retrieved 26 February 2024

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