Paspalum notatum Flüggé

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Paspalum notatum

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Borrowdale Common, Harare

Paspalum notatum

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Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate

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Common names: Bahia grass (English) Beira grass (English)
Description: Mat-forming, creeping perennial, arising from stout rhizomes. Culms up to 50 cm. The inflorescences are usually paired, occasionally 3, each 2.5–12 cm. long. Spikelets borne singly in 2 rows on a narrow rhachis. Spikelets 2.5–3.8 mm. long, broadly elliptic, plumply plano-convex, green. Superior glume and inferior lemma cartilaginous, glabrous. Superior lemma pallid at maturity.
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Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America.
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Insects associated with this species: Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Larval foodplant)
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 89.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 69.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 108.

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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: Paspalum notatum., retrieved 19 June 2024

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