Craspedorhachis digitata Kupicha & Cope

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Common names:
Caespitose perennial with wiry culms up to 75 cm tall, arising from a knotty base; lower leaf sheaths persistent, chartaceous; leaf laminas 2–10 cm × 1–2 mm, the lowermost flat, the uppermost involute and filiform.Inflorescence of 1–5 digitate racemes, these 6–9 cm long with rhachis c. 0.5 mm wide.Spikelets 2.4–3.1 mm long; lemma c. 1.2 mm long, ovate, softly pilose on the nerves; palea softly pilose below.
Derivation of specific name: digitata: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Habitat: On granitic outcrops, often in black soil in fissures in exposed granite domes
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Known only from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 221.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 181.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 131.

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 101.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Craspedorhachis digitata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Craspedorhachis digitata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Craspedorhachis digitata
Plants of the World Online: Craspedorhachis digitata
Tropicos: Craspedorhachis digitata
Wikipedia: Craspedorhachis digitata

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: Craspedorhachis digitata., retrieved 19 April 2024

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