Panicum merkeri Mez

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Synonyms: Panicum radula Mez
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Status: Native
Robust, often hispid tufted perennial with culms 100–200 cm. high. Leaf laminae 20–35 cm. long and 7–15 mm. wide, flat, acuminate. Panicle (20)25–35 cm. long, elliptic-oblong, moderately to much branched, the branches ascending. Spikelets (2)2.5–3 mm. long, ovate-elliptic, sharply acute; inferior glume 1/4–1/3 the length of the spikelet, ovate 1(3)-nerved; superior glume 9-nerved; inferior lemma similar to the superior glume, male.
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Habitat: Swampy and seasonally damp places on heavy clay soils
Altitude range: (metres) 90 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Namibia, northwards to Uganda and Kenya, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 31.

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.

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: Panicum merkeri
Flora of Malawi: Panicum merkeri
Flora of Mozambique: Panicum merkeri
Flora of Zambia: Panicum merkeri

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Panicum merkeri
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Panicum merkeri
Plants of the World Online: Panicum merkeri
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Wikipedia: Panicum merkeri

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 merkeri., retrieved 20 May 2024

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