Lepturus radicans (Steud.) A. Camus

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Synonyms: Monerma radicans (Steud.) Hack.
Ophiuros radicans Steud.
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Status: Native
Stoloniferous perennial; culms up to 30 cm high, slender, erect or ascending; leaf laminas 2–12.5 cm × 4–8 mm, linear-lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, flat, glabrous, green or glaucous, the lower attenuated at the base, sometimes into a slender false petiole up to 3.5 cm long.Raceme 2–6.5 cm long, straight, with internodes 2–5 mm long and up to 2 mm wide.Spikelets 1-flowered, 3–5 mm long (the terminal 5–8 mm long); superior glume oblong-lanceolate to oblong-ovate, 5–9-nerved, smooth, acute or acuminate; lemma 2.5–4 mm long, ovate-oblong or ovate-elliptic, glabrous or minutely hairy at the base, obtuse; anthers 0.6–2 mm long.
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Habitat: At low altitudes, on sandy floodplains, river banks and dry river beds, usually in dry riverine forest on sandy soil
Altitude range: (metres) 30 - 100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Comoro Island, Madagascar, Malay Peninsula, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, tropical east Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 202 - 203. (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.

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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: Lepturus radicans.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105660, retrieved 12 April 2024

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