Aristida vestita Thunb.

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Synonyms: Aristida flocciculmis Mez
Aristida lanuginosa Burch.
Aristida vestita forma amplior Hack.
Arthratherum vestitum (Thunb.) Nees
Chaetaria vestita (Thunb.) Beauv.
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Status: Native
Perennial, up to 85 cm. high, robust, densely caespitose. Culms rigid, simple, sometimes branched from the base or from the nodes, pubescent or woolly in the lower part, often glabrous upwards, 3-4-noded; nodes glabrous. Lower leaf-sheaths broad and papery, straw-coloured, lanate on the back and along the margins, soon becoming glabrous. Ligule a very shortly ciliate rim; auricles with a tuft of woolly hairs. Leaf-laminae up to 24 x 0·4 cm., flat at the base, involute in the upper part, shortly pubescent or somewhat villous above, glabrous beneath. Panicle up to 20 x 12 cm., pyramidal, effuse, open or laxly contracted; axis glabrous or with scattered white hairs, sometimes barbate in the lower axils, with fine, suberect or somewhat spreading scabrous branches. Spikelets greenish or brownish. Glumes unequal, firm, 1-nerved, glabrous; the inferior 4·5-7 mm. long, lanceolate, rounded at the apex; the superior 9-13 mm. long, narrowly lanceolate, somewhat denticulate along the margins towards the apex, slightly emarginate. Lemma 7-11 mm. long, glabrous, often mottled with purple; callus 1-1·5 mm. long, 2-fid, barbate; column 2-7 mm. long, strongly twisted; awns unequal; the central 20-35 mm. long, the lateral ones shorter; articulation between the apex of the lemma and the base of the column.
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Habitat: On limestone, black clayey and veld soils
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Worldwide distribution: South Africa, south-western Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
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.

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 119 - 120.

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 vestita
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristida vestita
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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 vestita., retrieved 10 December 2023

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