Brachyachne patentiflora (Stent & J.M. Rattray) C.E. Hubb.

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Synonyms: Brachyachne chrysolepis C.E. Hubb.
Brachyachne upembaensis Van der Veken
Microchloa patentiflora Stent & J.M. Rattray
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Caespitose perennial; culms slender, up to 30(45) cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending, the leaves mostly confined to the base; basal leaf sheaths persistent, splitting into a cushion of glabrous fibres; leaf laminas 3–12 cm long, scarcely more than 1 mm wide, involute, usually curved, sometimes straight or coiled.Raceme solitary, (2.5)5–12 cm long, rigidly erect.Spikelets 2.2–3.4 mm long; inferior glume slightly asymmetrical, narrowly oblanceolate-oblong in profile, acute or subobtuse at the apex, scaberulous along the keel; superior glume narrowly oblong in profile, smooth or slightly scaberulous on the keel towards the apex; lemma c. 2.5 mm long, narrowly oblong-elliptic in profile, obtuse to truncate at the apex, often shortly mucronate; anthers 1.3–1.8 mm long.
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Habitat: In waterslicks and shallow soil over exposed granite, in shallow soil over laterite and laterite pans, and in damp sand overlying clay in seasonal rainwater pans of mopane woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 880 - 1770 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 240 - 242.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 132.

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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: Brachyachne patentiflora., retrieved 28 February 2024

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