Panicum bechuanense Bremek. & Oberm.

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Status: Native
Tufted, hispid perennial with culms 60–120 cm. high from a knotty, pubescent base. Leaf laminae 15–25 cm. long and 2–6 mm. wide, linear, flat, acuminate. Panicle 17–26 cm. long, elliptic-oblong, moderately branched. Spikelets 2.5–3(3.5) mm. long, ovate; inferior glume 1/3 the length of the spikelet, broadly ovate, 1(3)-nerved; superior glume 5–7-nerved; inferior lemma similar to the superior glume, male, its palea well developed; superior lemma and palea pallid, glossy.
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Habitat: Grassy pans on Kalahari Sand
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 30.

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 107.

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Panicum bechuanense., retrieved 2 December 2023

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