Aristida stipitata Hack.
subsp. robusta (Stent & J.M. Rattray) Melderis

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Synonyms: Aristida graciliflora var. robusta Stent & Rattray
Aristida stipitata var. robusta (Stent & Rattray) de Winter
Aristida wachteri Henrard
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Status: Native
In habit this subspecies resembles subsp. stipitata, but the branches of its panicle are lax and spreading at maturity, the auricles of the leaves are conspicuously barbate and the column of the awns does not exceed 20 mm. in length. Intermediates between subsp. robusta and subsp. stipitata are not rare
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Habitat: On deep white and red Kalahari sand, in Terminalia sericea scrub, woodland, sand-dunes covered with bush and grass, heavy sandveld, amongst rocks on old quartzite hills and on disturbed ground
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Worldwide distribution: south-western Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia (Caprivi Strip)
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5.

Klaassen Esmerialda, E.S. & Craven P. (2003). Checklist of grasses in Namibia SABONET Report No. 20 Page 13.

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.

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristida stipitata
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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, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aristida stipitata subsp. robusta., retrieved 9 December 2023

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