Aristida stipitata Hack.
subsp. stipitata

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Common names: Langnaaldsteekgras (Afrikaans) Long-awned three-awn (English)
Status: Native
This subspecies is characterized by the column of the awns being very long, always more than 35 mm. The column in the specimens occurring in the Flora Zambesiaca area, however, is usually shorter than 35 mm. but exceeding 20 mm. in length. When the areas of subspecies stipitata and subspecies robusta overlap or meet, forms having some characters intermediate between these subspecies are not uncommon. They have characteristics of the panicle of subspecies stipitata but the auricles of their leaves are barbate and the column of the awns does not exceed 20 mm., as in subspecies robusta.
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Habitat: Usually on deep white sandy soils in open savanna-woodland, grass-plain, on dunes covered with grasses and edges of grassy vleis
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Worldwide distribution: South Africa, south-western Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia (Caprivi strip)
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 505. as Aristida stipitata (Includes a picture).

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 14.

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 123 - 125.

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.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

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 Botswana: Aristida stipitata subsp. stipitata
Flora of Caprivi: Aristida stipitata subsp. stipitata
Flora of Zambia: Aristida stipitata subsp. stipitata

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

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 stipitata subsp. stipitata., retrieved 13 April 2024

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