Aristida junciformis Trin. & Rupr.
subsp. welwitschii (Rendle) Melderis

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Synonyms: Aristida angustata Stapf
Aristida pardyi Stent & J.M. Rattray
Aristida welwitschii Rendle
Aristida welwitschii var. minor Rendle
Aristida welwitschii var. subtomentosa Henrard
Common names:
Status: Native
Culms 70-140 cm. high. Internodes of the culms more or less equal (the lower short, the following aproximately of equal length). Leaf-laminae usually suberect, those of the uppermost leaves never approximate in pairs. Auricles of the leaves usually pubescent. Inferior glume 5·5-6 mm. long; the superior 6.5-7 mm. long. Lemma c. 6 mm. long, with a twisted column 2-2·5 mm. long; awns subequal, usually 15-20 mm. long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On sandy, black clayey and serpentine soils, usually in wet situations, in grassland, on ungrazed margins of vleis, in sandveld, Acacia-Mopane veld and on edges of dambos and termite mounds
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, South Africa (Cape Province), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bostwana, Malawi
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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 341. (Includes a picture).

Launert, E. (1963). Malpighiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 100.

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 105 - 107.

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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Flora of Zambia: Aristida junciformis subsp. welwitschii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristida junciformis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aristida junciformis
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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. welwitschii., retrieved 18 April 2024

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