Bewsia biflora (Hack.) Gooss.

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Synonyms: Diplachne biflora Hack.
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Status: Native
Caespitose perennial arising from a short rhizome; culms up to 100 cm tall, erect; leaf laminas firm, 10–40 cm × 1–5 mm, tapering to a filiform apex.Inflorescence 7–20 cm long, comprising 6–15 racemes each 3–9 cm long.Spikelets 5.5–9 mm long, oblong, reddish-brown; glumes 2.5–8 mm long, lanceolate, glabrous, the superior as long as the lowermost lemma; lemmas 4–6 mm long, oblong-elliptic, pubescent on either side of the mid-nerve and on the lateral nerves below; awn 1–8 mm long, straight, usually arising 1/3 the length of the lemma from its apex (but varying from 1/5 to 1/2); palea as long as the lemma, sparsely hispidulous on the back, shortly villous on the flanks.Caryopsis c. 2 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: biflora: 2-flowered
Habitat: Short grassland, usually in open woodland, on sandy soils and Kalahari Sand; also on hillsides and in submontane grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1830 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ivory Coast, Tanzania southwards to South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 341. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 30.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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: Bewsia biflora., retrieved 31 May 2024

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