Microchloa altera (Rendle) Stapf

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Synonyms: Enneapogon muticus Hack.
Harpochloa altera Rendle
Microchloa altera var. nelsonii Stapf
Rendlia altera (Rendle) Chiov.
Rendlia cupricola P.A. Duvign.
Rendlia nelsonii (Stapf) Chiov.
Common names:
Densely caespitose perennial forming compact mats; culms glabrous to woolly-tomentose, up to 50(70) cm tall, the leaves mostly confined to the base; leaf sheaths splitting at the base into a cushion of fibres; leaf laminas 3–25 cm × up to 1.5 mm, often filiform.Raceme 2–7(9) cm long, straight or curved, glabrous to woolly-tomentose at the base.Spikelets 2(3)-flowered, 4.4–5 mm long; inferior glume glabrous; superior glume glabrous, crispate-hirsute or with a barbellate line on either side of the midnerve; fertile lemma 3.5–4.5 mm long; anthers 1.5–2 mm long.Caryopsis 1.5–2.2 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane grassland and seasonally wet dambo, sometimes on termitaria in floodplain grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 980 - 2260 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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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 354.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47. As Rendlia altera

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 231 - 233. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 55. As Rendlia altera

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 150.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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Wikipedia: Microchloa altera

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: Microchloa altera.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105830, retrieved 25 May 2024

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