Aristida junciformis Trin. & Rupr.
subsp. macilenta (Henrard) Melderis

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Synonyms: Aristida contractinodis Stent & J.M. Rattray
Aristida macilenta Henrard
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Status: Native
Culms 20-70 cm. high. Internodes of the culms very unequal; the lower short, the following very long (10 cm. or more), the upper very short (sometimes less than 1 cm.), the uppermost long-exserted. Leaf-laminae usually spreading at more or less right angles from the culm, those of the uppermost leaves often approximate in pairs. Auricles of the leaves especially of the lower ones, long-barbate. Inferior glume usually 2·5-5 mm. long, superior one 4·5-7 mm. long. Lemma c. 5·5 mm. with a short beak, usually up to 1 mm. long; awns unequal (the central usually 9-11 mm. long, the lateral ones 6·5-8 mm. long).
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Habitat: On sandy and serpentine soils, often in damp situations, in grassland, dry and burnt dambo, wet sandveld, vlei, edges of dry vleis and near streams between rocks
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Transvaal, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6. as Aristida junciformis junciformis

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 29. As Aristida macilenta

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 105 - 106.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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 junciformis subsp. macilenta., retrieved 21 July 2024

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