Panicum laticomum Nees

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Status: Native
Annual with scrambling or geniculately ascending culms 30–200 cm. long. Leaf laminae 6–10 cm. long and 10–28 mm. wide, lanceolate, acuminate. Panicle 10–25 cm. long, ovate, much to moderately branched, the branches fine and spreading. Spikelets 1.5–2 mm. long, asymmetrically narrowly ovate, glabrous or pilose; inferior glume 5 the length of the spikelet, 3-nerved, separated from the superior glume by a short internode; superior glume 2/3–3/4 the length of the spikelet, 5-nerved; inferior lemma 5–7-nerved, its palea poorly developed, sterile; superior lemma and palea coriaceous, granulose, pallid, the apiculate apex generally exposed.
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Habitat: Forest shade
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Extends from Kenya to Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 35 - 37.

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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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Panicum laticomum
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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 laticomum., retrieved 25 June 2024

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