Brachiaria arrecta (T. Durand & Schinz) Stent

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Brachiaria arrecta

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Synonyms: Brachiaria latifolia Stapf
Panicum arrectum Th. Dur. & Schinz.
Panicum multiflorum Peter
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Status: Native
Sprawling perennial. Culms 50–130 cm. high, prostrate and rooting at the nodes below. Leaf laminae 5–15 mm. wide. Inflorescence of 4–15 racemes, these 1–10 cm. long, bearing spikelets singly in two neat rows on a flat rhachis 0.5–1.5 mm. wide with scabrid margins. Spikelets 3–4.5 mm. long, glabrous, acute. Inferior glume 1/3–1/2length of spikelet, arising immediately below the superior. Superior lemma rugulose.
Derivation of specific name: arrecta: pointing upwards, diverging from axis at a narrow angle
Habitat: A semi-aquatic grass of swamps, dams, river banks and shallow water.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa. Introduced in tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 68 - 69.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 31. As Brachiaria latifolia

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 100.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 132.

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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: Brachiaria arrecta., retrieved 30 May 2024

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