Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P. Beauv.

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Synonyms: Axonopus kisantuensis Vanderyst
Milium compressum Swartz
Common names: Carpet grass (English)
Status: Introduced
Stoloniferous sward-forming perennial. Culms 15–60 cm. high, the nodes pubescent. Leaf laminae 3–12 mm. wide, obtuse to bluntly acute. Racemes 2–5, each 3–10 cm. long. Spikelets 2–2.5 mm. long, oblong-elliptic, glabrous to pubescent. Superior lemma 4/5 length of spikelet, with a short tuft of hairs at apex.
Notes: Introduced as a lawn grass in damp shady places.
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Habitat: Damp shady places, where it is commonly used as a lawn grass.
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Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America; widely introduced in other tropical countries
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 91 - 94.

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 100.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Axonopus compressus., retrieved 2 October 2023

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