Sporobolus mopane Cope

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Common names:
Loosely caespitose annual; culms up to 40 cm tall, erect, unbranched; leaf sheaths chartaceous, thinly pilose with tubercle-based hairs, lightly compressed but with a conspicuous keel; leaf laminas 1.5–5 cm × 2–4.5 mm, flat, thinly pilose with tubercle-based hairs, strongly tuberculate-pectinate on the margins, acute at the apex.Panicle 4.5–10 cm long, lanceolate; branches in a succession of whorls, smooth, eglandular, the spikelets loosely disposed along the primary branches on pedicels 1–2 mm long.Spikelets 2.8–3.3 mm long, tinged with purple; inferior glume 1/4–1/3 the length of the spikelet, narrowly ovate, nerveless, glabrous, obtuse at the apex; superior glume as long as the spikelet, narrowly ovate-elliptic, 1-nerved, glabrous, acute at the apex; lemma as long as the spikelet or almost so, narrowly ovate-elliptic; anthers 3, c. 1.3 mm long.Grain obovate, c. 1.5 mm long, strongly laterally compressed.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Mopane woodland pans
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Worldwide distribution: Known only from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 171.

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 110.

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

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: Sporobolus mopane.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105520, retrieved 12 April 2024

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