Setaria orthosticha K. Schum. ex R.A.W. Herrm.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Loosely tufted annual. Culms 10–150 cm. high, ascending. Leaf laminae not petiolate. Panicle 1–16 cm. long, lanceolate, with spikelets clustered around the raceme-like primary branches or on short secondary branchlets, the rhachis hirsute; bristles 2–10 mm. long, mostly single, stiffly bent, often hirsute in the lower half, smooth or weakly scaberulous above. Spikelets 1.2–1.7 mm. long, broadly elliptic, gibbous, generally obtuse. Glumes obtuse, the inferior 1/4–1/3, the superior 2/3–3/4 as long as spikelet. Inferior lemma not or indistinctly grooved. Superior lemma finely rugose, golden brown to black.
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Habitat: Weedy places and forest margins
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe northward to Uganda.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 103 - 104. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 59. As Setaria orthosticta

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.

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Flora of Malawi: Setaria orthosticha
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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: Setaria orthosticha., retrieved 20 May 2024

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