Panicum schinzii Hack.

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Synonyms: Panicum laevifolium Hack.
Common names:
Status: Native
Glabrous annual with erect or ascending culms 30–120 cm. high. Leaf laminae 10–40 cm. long and 5–15 mm. wide, linear, typically bluish green. Panicle 10–35 cm. long, oblong or ovate oblong, moderately branched, the branches fine and flexuous, axillary panicles often present. Spikelets 2.3–2.8 mm. long, elliptic oblong, obtuse orbluntly acute, glabrous, typically bluish-green; inferior glume 1/6–1/5 the length of the spikelet, cuff-like, 1-nerved, lateral nerves usually obscure, obtuse or bluntly acute; superior glume as long as the spikelet, ovate, 7–9-nerved; inferior lemma similar to the superior glume, enclosing a male flower; superior lemma and palea pale brown, shiny.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Seasonally flooded pans and weedy places in open situations on a variety of soils
Altitude range: (metres) 520 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: widespread in Namibia and South Africa, Botswana, 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 28.

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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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 schinzii., retrieved 11 December 2023

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