Microchloa indica (L.f.) P. Beauv.

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Synonyms: Microchloa setacea (Roxb.) R. Br.
Microchloa setacea var. gracilis Rendle
Nardus indica L.f.
Rottboellia setacea Roxb.
Common names:
Loosely caespitose annual growing in isolated tufts, rarely forming mats; culms up to 50 cm tall, leafy throughout; leaf sheaths remaining intact; leaf laminas 1–8(11) cm × up to 1.75(rarely to 4.5) mm, usually filiform, sometimes flat.Raceme 1.5–15 cm long, very slender, straight or curved, glabrous at the base.Spikelets 1-flowered, 1.6–2.1(3) mm long; lemma 1.3–1.8 mm long; anthers 0.2–0.4 mm long, rarely up to 1.2 mm.Caryopsis c. 0.9 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: Often in bare or sparsely covered ground in montane grassland and miombo woodlands, on pan edges in mopane woodlands, sometimes on termitaria; also on roadsides and paths
Altitude range: (metres) 610 - 2350 m
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Worldwide distribution: the tropics and subtropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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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.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 229 - 230.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 49.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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Flora of Botswana: Microchloa indica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Microchloa indica
Flora of Malawi: Microchloa indica
Flora of Mozambique: Microchloa indica
Flora of Zambia: Microchloa indica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microchloa indica
African Plant Database: Microchloa indica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microchloa indica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microchloa indica
Plants of the World Online: Microchloa indica
Tropicos: Microchloa indica
Wikipedia: Microchloa indica

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 indica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=105850, retrieved 12 June 2024

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