Agrostis lachnantha Nees

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Synonyms: Agrostis huttoniae (Hack.) C. E. Hubb. ex Goossens & Papendorf
Agrostis papposa Mez
Agrostis vestita A. Rich.
Calamagrostis huttoniae Hack.
Calamagrostis welwitschii Rendle
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Status: Native
A loosely caespitose perennial or annual. Culms 25-90(110) cm. tall, erect or ascending, often rooting at the lower nodes, 2-several-noded. Leaf-sheaths tight at first, later becoming loose and sometimes slipping off the culm. Leaf-laminae 6-25 x 0.2-0.5 cm., usually expanded, but sometimes tightly folded, flaccid, pale green. Panicle 5-35 x 1-3 cm., slightly drooping, somewhat contracted, narrowly oblong to elliptic-oblong in outline. Spikelets 2-2.5 mm. long, pale-green or silvery-green sometimes tinged with purple, somewhat glossy, gaping. Glumes persistent, determining the length of the spikelet, narrowly lanceolate-acute, strongly keeled, flanks smooth or slightly granular, keels scabrid. Lemma 1.5 — 2.25 mm. long, 3-nerved, awnless or with the central nerve excurrent into a short subapical bristle up to 0.5 mm. long, ovate-oblong when expanded, dorsally pilose or pubescent, rarely glabrous, apex denticulate; callus bearded with hairs of varying length. Palea not much shorter than the lemma. Anthers 0.5-0.8 mm. long, oblong.
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Habitat: In water or in wet soil along or in streams, on riverbanks, near waterfalls, in irrigation canals, on wet rocks, in kloof forest and along roads
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 338.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Agrostis lachnantha lachnantha

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 27. Also as Agrostis huttoniae

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 87 - 88.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 129.

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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: Species information: Agrostis lachnantha., retrieved 20 May 2024

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