Sporobolus panicoides A. Rich.

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Sporobolus panicoides

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

Sporobolus panicoides

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Loosely tufted annual; culms up to 100 cm tall, erect. Panicle with branches in a succession of whorls. Grain rotund or subrotund. “A species easily recognised by the large rotund grain, the sparsity of spikelets on the panicle branches and the partially or completely sterile lowermost branch whorl.” (F.Z. p. 170) Late-flowering (February)
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In sparse grassland, footpaths, peripheral zone of termite mound-complexes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb
Worldwide distribution: East tropical Africa from Sudan to South Africa.
Regional Distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 169 - 170.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 488. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 61.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 97. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 146.

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Flora of Botswana: Sporobolus panicoides
Flora of Caprivi: Sporobolus panicoides
Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus panicoides
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus panicoides
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus panicoides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sporobolus panicoides
African Plant Database: Sporobolus panicoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sporobolus panicoides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sporobolus panicoides
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sporobolus panicoides
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sporobolus panicoides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sporobolus panicoides
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sporobolus panicoides
iNaturalist: Sporobolus panicoides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sporobolus panicoides
JSTOR Plant Science: Sporobolus panicoides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sporobolus panicoides
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sporobolus panicoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sporobolus panicoides
Plants of the World Online: Sporobolus panicoides
Tropicos: Sporobolus panicoides
Wikipedia: Sporobolus panicoides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sporobolus panicoides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105550, retrieved 1 March 2021

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