Sporobolus stolzii Mez

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Status: Native
Loosely caespitose annual; culms up to 60 cm tall, erect, often branched below; leaf sheaths chartaceous, glabrous on the back, ciliate on the margins, terete; leaf laminas 1–6 cm × 2–6 mm, flat, hispidulous above, glabrous beneath, pectinate-ciliate on the margins with tubercle-based hairs, acute at the apex.Panicle 4.5–16 cm long, narrowly elliptic; branches in a succession of whorls, smooth, with elongated viscid glandular patches, the spikelets 6–30 per branch, evenly distributed in the distal part.Spikelets 0.8–1.4 mm long, reddish-brown; inferior glume 2/5–3/5 the length of the spikelet, lanceolate, nerveless, glabrous, acute to acuminate at the apex; superior glume as long as the spikelet, ovate to ovate-elliptic, 1-nerved, smooth or hispidulous, acute at the apex; lemma a little shorter than the spikelet, ovate; anthers 3, 0.2–0.5 mm long.Grain rotund or subrotund, 0.4–0.7 mm across, slightly laterally compressed.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector in Angola and Malawi, particularly of orchids.
Habitat: In disturbed sandy soil, often at roadsides, in Brachystegia woodland and dambos
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal to Ethiopia and southwards to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 169.

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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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 stolzii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105610, retrieved 26 May 2024

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