Sacciolepis curvata (L.) Chase

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Synonyms: Panicum curvatum L.
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Status: Native
Perennial, geniculately ascending from a slender rhizome. Culms weak, 20–75 cm. high. Panicle open and ovate to contracted and linear, 3–11 cm. long, the branches ± wavy and pedicels distinct. Spikelets 2–3 mm. long, laterally compressed, obliquely oblong in profile, soon gaping, glabrous or with a few scurfy hairs. Inferior glume a tiny ovate scale, 0.2–0.5 mm. long. Superior glume saccate at the base, herbaceous, prominently ribbed
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Habitat: A weedy species of damp shady places subject to disturbance
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 660 m
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Worldwide distribution: India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Eastern Africa from Kenya to Natal, 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 48.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 41.

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 109.

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: Sacciolepis curvata., retrieved 12 April 2024

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