Sporobolus subtilis Kunth

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Sporobolus subtilis

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Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam

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Common names: Hairy dropseed grass (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Tufted perennial grass, up to 80 cm. Inflorescence a broad but very fine and diffuse branched panicle with tufts of long silvery hairs in the axils of the inflorescence branches. Spikelet with an extension to the rhachilla.
Derivation of specific name: subtilis: fine, delicate (referring to the inflorescence)
Habitat: In moist grassland and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to the DRC and Tanzania and southwards to South Africa; also Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,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 365. (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 196 - 198. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Sporobolus subtilis
Flora of Mozambique: Sporobolus subtilis
Flora of Zambia: Sporobolus subtilis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sporobolus subtilis
African Plant Database: Sporobolus subtilis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sporobolus subtilis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sporobolus subtilis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sporobolus subtilis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sporobolus subtilis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sporobolus subtilis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sporobolus subtilis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sporobolus subtilis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sporobolus subtilis
Ispot Southern Africa: Sporobolus subtilis
JSTOR Plant Science: Sporobolus subtilis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sporobolus subtilis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sporobolus subtilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sporobolus subtilis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sporobolus subtilis
Tropicos: Sporobolus subtilis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sporobolus subtilis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105620, retrieved 18 March 2018

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