Oxytenanthera abyssinica (A. Rich.) Munro

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Oxytenanthera abyssinica

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Oxytenanthera abyssinica

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Oxytenanthera abyssinica

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bindura bamboo (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Woody perennial, growing in dense clumps. Culms 3–10 m × 5–10 cm, erect. Leaves: lamina 5–25 × 1–3 cm, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, ± glaucous with a fine pungent tip. Spikelet clusters 4–8 cm in diameter,spherical, ± confluent, spiny; bracts to 4 mm, ovate. Spikelets 15–40 mm, very narrowly lanceolate; 1(–2) upper florets bisexual, the rest reduced to lemmas; glumes ovate to oblong, lower 5–8 mm; lemmas narrowly lanceolate, the lowest 12–20 mm, ± hispid on the back, tipped with a rigid spine to 7 mm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In high rainfall areas at low altitudes
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1160 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Aphysoneura pigmentaria vumba (Food plant)
Melanitis libya (Larval foodplant)
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Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 96. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 231.

Fanshawe, D.B. (1972). The Bamboo, Oxytenanthera abyssinica - Its Ecology, Silviculture and Utilization Kirkia 8(2) Pages 157 - 166. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 17 - 19. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 150.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Oxytenanthera abyssinica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Tropicos: Oxytenanthera abyssinica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oxytenanthera abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103400, retrieved 29 April 2017

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