Lophacme digitata Stapf

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Common names:
Status: Native
Caespitose perennial; culms up to 50 cm tall, erect or ascending, wiry; leaf laminas (1)2–6(9) cm × 1.5–2.7(3) mm, narrowly linear, rather stiff, glaucous, flat or more often involute.Racemes 3–8 cm long, slender, loose, flexuous.Spikelets 4.6–6.5 mm long (excluding the awns); inferior glume 3.4–5.1 mm long, (0.8)0.9–1.2 times the length of the lowermost lemma; superior glume ± as long as the spikelet; fertile lemmas 1–2(3), 3.2–5.3 mm long, pilose on the back, with an awn up to 5 mm long (sometimes more); sterile lemmas 3–5.
Derivation of specific name: digitata: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Habitat: Dambos, grassland on sandy soil and in open woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1740 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 39 - 41. (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 106.

Other sources of information about Lophacme digitata:

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Flora of Zambia: Lophacme digitata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lophacme digitata
African Plant Database: Lophacme digitata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lophacme digitata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lophacme digitata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lophacme digitata
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iNaturalist: Lophacme digitata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lophacme digitata
JSTOR Plant Science: Lophacme digitata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lophacme digitata
Plants of the World Online: Lophacme digitata
Tropicos: Lophacme digitata
Wikipedia: Lophacme digitata

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: Lophacme digitata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=104570, retrieved 23 April 2024

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