Rytidosperma disticha (Nees) Cope

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Synonyms: Danthonia disticha Nees
Merxmuellera disticha (Nees) Conert
Tenaxia disticha (Nees) N. P. Barker & H. P. Linder
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Status: Native
Densely caespitose perennial up to 40 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; leaf lamina filiform, 10–40 cm long, tightly convolute, wiry, usually curled, rigid and glaucous, glabrous or sometimes pilose towards the base.Inflorescence 2–10 cm long, a dense distichous oblong raceme, erect or nodding, the spikelets subsessile.Spikelets 10–15 mm long; glumes lanceolate, usually 3-nerved; lemma body c. 5 mm long, with a tuft of hairs on either margin near the base, the back pilose between the tufts and at the base of the lobes, the lobes c. 4 mm long, tapering to a fine bristle up to 4 mm long; central awn geniculate, 10–16 mm long
Derivation of specific name: disticha: distichous
Habitat: In montane grassland, usually growing in dense clumps
Altitude range: (metres) 2590 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 8 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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 109.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rytidosperma disticha
African Plant Database: Rytidosperma disticha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rytidosperma disticha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rytidosperma disticha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rytidosperma disticha
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iNaturalist: Rytidosperma disticha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rytidosperma disticha
JSTOR Plant Science: Rytidosperma disticha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rytidosperma disticha
Plants of the World Online: Rytidosperma disticha
Tropicos: Rytidosperma disticha
Wikipedia: Rytidosperma disticha

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: Rytidosperma disticha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103990, retrieved 23 April 2024

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