Fingerhuthia africana Nees ex Lehm.

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Synonyms: Fingerhuthia affghanica Boiss.
Common names: Trimble grass (English) Vingerhoedgras (Afrikaans)
Status: Native
Densely caespitose perennial, often with stout oblique rhizome, up to 60(90) cm tall, usually erect; leaf lamina (3)7.5–30(40) cm × 2–5(7) mm, flat or convolute.Panicle 1.5–5 cm long, cylindrical or narrowly ellipsoid, green or tinged with purple.Spikelets 4–7(9) mm long; glumes as long as the spikelet, the superior a little longer than the inferior, lanceolate in profile, the keel and (to a lesser extent) the margins with soft silky hairs, the flanks smooth or asperulous, with an awn 1.7–3.5 mm long; fertile lemma (4)4.5–6.9 mm long, ovate-lanceolate in profile, softly ciliate on the margins, scaberulous on the back, mucronate or shortly awned at the rounded apex.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In grassland and open dry woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1030 m
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Worldwide distribution: Afghanistan, Angola, Arabia, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 17 - 20. (Includes a picture).

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 105.

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 138.

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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: Fingerhuthia africana., retrieved 23 April 2024

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