Loudetia simplex (Nees) C.E. Hubb.

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Loudetia simplex

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Loudetia simplex

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Loudetia simplex

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

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Synonyms: Trichopteryx simplex (Nees) Engl.
Tristachya simplex Nees
Common names: Common russet grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Tufted perennial grass, 30 - 150 cm tall; basal leaf sheaths becoming fibrous and usually woolly-tomentose. Culms unbranched. Inflorescence a contracted or open panicle, broadly ovate in outline, with long, wiry branches. Spikelets 8-14 mm long, hairless. Callus 2-toothed.
Derivation of specific name: simplex: undivided, entire (obviously not referring to the callus)
Habitat: In rocky places in open woodland but also in waterlogged soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2500 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa and Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 August 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 353. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 218 - 220. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 149.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 190.

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Flora of Botswana: Loudetia simplex
Flora of Caprivi: Loudetia simplex
Flora of Malawi: Loudetia simplex
Flora of Mozambique: Loudetia simplex
Flora of Zambia: Loudetia simplex

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Loudetia simplex
African Plant Database: Loudetia simplex
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Loudetia simplex
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Loudetia simplex
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Loudetia simplex
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Loudetia simplex
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Loudetia simplex
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Loudetia simplex
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Loudetia simplex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Loudetia simplex
Ispot Southern Africa: Loudetia simplex
JSTOR Plant Science: Loudetia simplex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Loudetia simplex
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Loudetia simplex
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Loudetia simplex
The Plant List (version 1.1): Loudetia simplex
Tropicos: Loudetia simplex

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Loudetia simplex.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108150, retrieved 19 September 2018

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