Oropetium capense Stapf

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Status: Native
Small, loosely to densely caespitose perennial up to 9(15) cm tall; leaf laminas 1–4 cm × up to 1.2 mm, involute, folded or flat, obtuse to acute at the apex.Raceme 2–8 cm long, straight or curved; rhachis herbaceous, rarely spongy, fracturing (often tardily so) into segments of 1–4(8) spikelets.Spikelets 2–3 mm long, borne in opposite, subopposite or occasionally adjacent ranks, deeply to superficially embedded; inferior glume 0.1–0.4 mm long, truncate; superior glume as long as the spikelet, acute; lemma 1.5–2(2.5) mm long, elliptic-oblong, 3-nerved, the apical mucro up to 0.2 mm long.Caryopsis 1–1.5 mm long, elliptic-oblong.
Derivation of specific name: capense: of the Cape
Habitat: On shallow gravel or badly drained soils beside seasonal pans
Altitude range: (metres) 360 - 1220 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and tropical Arabia
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 32 - 34. (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 107.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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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: Oropetium capense.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104540, retrieved 23 April 2024

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