Panicum natalense Hochst.

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Synonyms: Panicum juncifolium Stapf
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Status: Native
Perennial with erect, wiry culms 25–120 cm. high. Leaf laminae 12–28 cm. long, linear. Panicle 7–15 cm. long, ovate or broadly oblong. Spikelets 2–2.5 mm. long, orbicular oblong, glabrous; inferior glume 2/3–3/4 the length of the spikelet, 3–5-nerved; superior glume 5-nerved; inferior lemma 5-nerved, male, its palea well developed; upper lemma and palea verruculose.
Derivation of specific name: natalense: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: Grassland or savanna.
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Worldwide distribution: from DRC to South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,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) Page 20.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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Flora of Malawi: Panicum natalense
Flora of Mozambique: Panicum natalense
Flora of Zambia: Panicum natalense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Panicum natalense
African Plant Database: Panicum natalense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Panicum natalense
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Wikipedia: Panicum natalense

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 natalense., retrieved 28 May 2024

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