Poecilostachys oplismenoides (Hack.) Clayton

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Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Poecilostachys oplismenoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Chloachne oplismenoides (Hack.) Robyns
Poecilostachys flaccidula Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Trailing perennial grass often with aerial roots at the nodes. Leaves lanceolate. Inflorescence a lax raceme along a central axis. Spikelets in pairs or small clusters, lanceolate, 6-8 mm, armed with stiff bristles.
Derivation of specific name: oplismenoides: resembling the genus Oplismenus, another genus of forest grasses
Habitat: In shaded evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Nigeria and Ethiopia south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 June 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 361. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 3 - 4. (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 152.


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West African Plants database: Poecilostachys oplismenoides

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: Poecilostachys oplismenoides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=106040, retrieved 27 October 2016

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