Panicum infestum Andersson ex Peters

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Status: Native
Tufted perennial with erect culms 50–200 cm. high. Leaf laminae 15–50 cm. long and 2–10 mm. wide, acuminate. Panicle 10–28 cm. long, oblong, secondary branches very short or absent. Spikelets 2.5–4 mm. long, oblong, glabrous, sulcate on the dorsal side; inferior glume broadly ovate, 1/4–1/3 the length of the spikelet, 1–3-nerved; superior glume 5-nerved; inferior lemma 5-nerved, male, its palea well developed; superior lemma transversely rugose.
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Habitat: Grassland, bushland or deciduous woodland on argillaceous or arenaceous soils.
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Worldwide distribution: from Somalia and DRC to South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 16.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 51.

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.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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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: Panicum infestum., retrieved 18 May 2024

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