Brachiaria brizantha (A. Rich.) Stapf

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Brachiaria brizantha

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Greystone Park NR

Brachiaria brizantha

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Greystone Park NR

Brachiaria brizantha

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Monavale Vlei

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Synonyms: Brachiaria brizantha var. angustifolia Stent & Rattray
Panicum brizanthum A. Rich.
Common names: Common signal grass (English) Large-seeded millet grass (English) Zinyaruzoka (Shona)
Description: Tufted perennial. Culms 30–200 cm. high, erect or sometimes geniculately ascending. Leaf laminae 3–20 mm. wide, flat. Inflorescence of (1)2–16 racemes, these mostly 4–20 cm. long, bearing spikelets singly and usually in 1 row; rhachis crescentic in section, c. 1 mm. wide with narrow involute wings, ciliate on the margins. Spikelets 4–6 mm. long, glabrous or sometimes sparsely pubescent, obtuse to subacute with a slight stipe at base. Inferior glume 1/3 length of spikelet, acute or obtuse, separated from the superior by a short internode; superior glume and inferior lemma cartilaginous, dully shining. Superior lemma granulose, subacute.
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Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa. Introduced elsewhere.
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Brachiaria brizantha., retrieved 20 May 2024

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