Brachiaria brizantha (A. Rich.) Stapf

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Brachiaria brizantha

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Greystone Park NR

Brachiaria brizantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Brachiaria brizantha

Photo: David Hartung
Monavale Vlei

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Synonyms: var. angustifolia Stent & J.M. Rattray
Common names: Common signal grass (English) Large-seeded millet grass (English) Zinyaruzoka (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Tall tufted perennial grass, up to 2 m. Inflorescences up to 15 per culm. Spikelets, 4-6 mm long, in a single row, hairless or nearly so.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In savanna woodland and grassland. It is a commonly planted pasture grass.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa. Introduced elsewhere.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 3 January 2007

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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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 127.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brachiaria brizantha., retrieved 29 September 2020

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