Perotis vaginata Hack.

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Annual up to 50(65) cm tall, geniculately ascending; leaf laminas 1–4 cm × 1.5–6 mm, lanceolate.Inflorescence 4–11(15) cm long, embraced below by the uppermost leaf sheath, the spikelets densely packed and ascending.Spikelets 4–5.5 mm long with a slender stipitiform callus 0.7–1.5 mm long; glumes irregularly appressed-scaberulous to pubescent, with a slender rather stiff awn, those of the 2 glumes similar, 15–25 mm long.Caryopsis flattened.
Derivation of specific name: vaginata, vaginate, sheathed, possessing a sheath, referring to the leaves.
Habitat: Forming large colonies in woodland clearings and in disturbed areas, usually growing in damp sandy soil; also on roadside verges and around cultivated fields
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1680 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 251 - 253. (Includes a picture).

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 108.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 142.

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Flora of Botswana: Perotis vaginata
Flora of Caprivi: Perotis vaginata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Perotis vaginata
Flora of Zambia: Perotis vaginata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Perotis vaginata
African Plant Database: Perotis vaginata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Perotis vaginata
Plants of the World Online: Perotis vaginata
Tropicos: Perotis vaginata
Wikipedia: Perotis vaginata

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: Perotis vaginata., retrieved 12 April 2024

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