Agrostis continuata Stapf

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Synonyms: Agrostis makoniensis Stent & Rattray
Agrostis natalensis Stapf
Agrostis radula Mez
Agrostis whytei C. E. Hubb.
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Status: Native
A caespitose perennial. Culms 25-60(80) cm. tall, erect or ascending from a slightly geniculate base, rather slender, simple or rarely branched, 2-4-noded. Leaf-sheaths fairly tight, smooth or scaberulous especially towards the mouth. Leaf-laminae 7-25 x 0.2-0.3 cm., usually expanded, tapering to a somewhat pungent point, firm. Panicle 5-22 cm. long, erect, straight, contracted, spike-like, with the branches densely fascicled and densely spiculate. Spikelets 3-5 mm. long, green, often tinged with purple, gaping. Glumes 1-nerved, slightly unequal in size (the inferior slightly longer), lanceolate, apex acute, flanks scaberulous, scabrous along the keel. Lemma 2-2.5 mm. long, 5-nerved, ovate-oblong, thinly membranous, apex with the lateral nerves excurrent into short mucros, glabrous or somewhat pilose, dorsally awned from the lower 1/2; awn 2-4.5 mm. long, geniculate. Palea 1/4-1/2 (rarely 4/5) the length of the lemma, faintly 2-nerved, with the apex 2-dentate. Anthers 1-1.5 mm. long.
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Habitat: In wet vleis, in swamps, on streamsides and in similar damp localities
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 27. Also as Agrostis whytei

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 88 - 89.

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 99.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 144 - 145.

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Flora of Malawi: Agrostis continuata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Agrostis continuata
African Plant Database: Agrostis continuata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Agrostis continuata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Agrostis continuata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Agrostis continuata
Plants of the World Online: Agrostis continuata
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Wikipedia: Agrostis continuata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Agrostis continuata., retrieved 19 May 2022

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