Panicum maximum Jacq.

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Panicum maximum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere lane, Umwindsidale, Harare

Panicum maximum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere lane, Umwindsidale, Harare

Panicum maximum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwindsidale, Harare

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Common names: Guinea grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Tall tufted perennial, usually 1-2 m tall, occasionally much taller. Inflorescence a large open panicle, pyramidal or oblong in outline with the lower branches often whorled. Spikelets 3-4.5 mm, glabrous or pubescent, sometimes overtopped by long hairs from tip of pedicel; lower glume broadly ovate, 1/3 to 1/2 length of spikelet, 3-nerved; upper glume ovate-oblong, 5-nerved, acute; lower lemma ovate-oblong, 5-nerved; upper lemma strongly transversely rugose.
Notes: A very common and variable grass, distinguished by its size and the strongly rugose upper lemma.
Derivation of specific name: maximum: largest
Habitat: In a wide variety of natural and disturbed habitats, usually in shade and often preferring damp situations.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Larval foodplant)
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Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 96. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Panicum maximum., retrieved 27 March 2015

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