Sporobolus subtilis Kunth

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Sporobolus subtilis

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Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms:
Common names: Hairy dropseed grass (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Tufted perennial grass, up to 80 cm. Inflorescence a broad but very fine and diffuse branched panicle with tufts of long silvery hairs in the axils of the inflorescence branches. Spikelet with an extension to the rhachilla.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: subtilis: fine, delicate (referring to the inflorescence)
Habitat: In moist grassland and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to the DRC and Tanzania and southwards to South Africa; also Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 365. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 196 - 198. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus subtilis
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Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus subtilis

External websites:

African Plant Database: Sporobolus subtilis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sporobolus subtilis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sporobolus subtilis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sporobolus subtilis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sporobolus subtilis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sporobolus subtilis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sporobolus subtilis
Ispot Southern Africa : Sporobolus subtilis
JSTOR Plant Science: Sporobolus subtilis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sporobolus subtilis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sporobolus subtilis
Tropicos: Sporobolus subtilis
West African Plants database: Sporobolus subtilis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sporobolus subtilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105620, retrieved 30 July 2016

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