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
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 3 January 2007

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachiaria serrata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Brachiaria serrata
Tropicos: Brachiaria serrata
West African Plants database: Brachiaria serrata

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: Brachiaria serrata., retrieved 27 May 2016

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