Oplismenus hirtellus (L.) P. Beauv.

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Oplismenus hirtellus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest on ridge above Cavao, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Oplismenus hirtellus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest on ridge above Cavao, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Oplismenus hirtellus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest on ridge above Cavao, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Oplismenus hirtellus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest on ridge above Cavao, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Oplismenus africanus P. Beauv.
Panicum hirtellum L.
Common names: Basket grass (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Trailing perennial. Culms up to 100 cm long with leaves lanceolate to narrowly ovate. Inflorescences with a distinct rhachis up to 3 cm long. Spikelets in pairs, hairless to sparsely pubescent; awns smooth and sticky, longest 3-14 mm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hirtellus: finely and minutely hairy
Habitat: Growing in shade on the forest floor of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical except most of Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 18 January 2011
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 354. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 8.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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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West African Plants database: Oplismenus hirtellus


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: Oplismenus hirtellus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=106080, retrieved 30 August 2016

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