Setaria petiolata Stapf & C.E. Hubb.

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Synonyms: Setaria intermedia sensu Bennett
Setaria interpilosa Stapf & Hubbard
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Loosely tufted annual. Culms 15–100 cm. high, weak, the nodes glabrous. Leaf laminae broadly linear, flaccid, finely scabrid along the nerves below, the inferior narrowed at the base into a false petiole 0.5–5 cm. long. Panicle 3–17 cm. long, loosely spiciform to lanceolate and then shortly branched below, the rhachis loosely hirsute at least in the upper part (rarely puberulous only); bristles 5–10 mm. long in clusters of 2–5, slender, almost straight, scabrid throughout. Spikelets 1.5–2 mm. long, broadly elliptic. Inferior glume 3, the superior 1/2–3/4 length of spikelet. Superior lemma rugose.
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Habitat: Wooded grassland and among rocks, in shade
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 362.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33. As Setaria interpilosa

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Page 101.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 58. As Setaria interpilosa

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 152.

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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 petiolata., retrieved 20 May 2024

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