Brachiaria serrata (Thunb.) Stapf

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Brachiaria serrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Brachiaria serrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Brachiaria brachylopha Stapf
Panicum serratum (Thunb.) Spreng.
Common names: Velvet signal grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, up to 1 m. The leaves are basal, short with thickened serrated margins. The spikelets are densely covered in reddish hairs. See B. nigropedata for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: serrata: serrate, saw-toothed
Habitat: In rocky areas of sandy or loamy soil in grassland or deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 3 January 2007

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 71.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 132.


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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: Brachiaria serrata., retrieved 22 September 2017

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