Aristida diffusa Trin.
subsp. burkei (Stapf) Melderis

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Synonyms: Aristida burkei Stapf
Aristida diffusa var. burkei (Stapf) Schweickerdt
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Status: Native
Culms usually 3- to 5-noded. Panicle up to 30 cm. long, lax and open. Spikelets yellowish or yellow-brown. Inferior glume c. 6 mm. long, with obtusely emarginate apex; the superior usually c. 12 mm. long, with a subacute slightly 2-fid apex. Lemma usually less than 11 mm. long (excluding the callus). 2n = 22.
Derivation of specific name: diffusa: diffuse, loosely spreading, referring to the inflorescence
Habitat: On serpentine and rubbly soils in hilly grasslands
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Worldwide distribution: South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 118 - 119.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 131.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristida diffusa
African Plant Database: Aristida diffusa
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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: Aristida diffusa subsp. burkei., retrieved 27 February 2024

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