Tragus koelerioides Asch.

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Synonyms: Tragus major (Hack.) Stapf
Tragus racemosus var. major Hack.
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Stoloniferous perennial up to 50 cm tall; leaf laminas 2–4.5 cm × 1.5–3 mm, flat, glaucous, the margins thickened, whitish, thinly barbellate.Inflorescence 2.5–7 cm long, compactly cylindrical, congested; racemelets comprising up to 5 fertile and 1 sterile spikelets borne on a short peduncle.Spikelets 4–4.2 mm long; superior glume prominently 5-nerved, the nerves bearing long straight or curved, but not hooked, bulbous-based prickles, hispidulous between the nerves; anthers 1.6–2.4 mm long.
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Habitat: In sandveld often on bare sandy soil
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1360 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, South Africa , Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 248.

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 111.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 147.

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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: Tragus koelerioides., retrieved 21 February 2024

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