Miscanthus junceus (Stapf) Pilg.

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Synonyms: Cleistachne teretifolia Hack.
Erianthus junceus Stapf
Erianthus teretifolius Stapf
Erianthus teretifolius Pilg. non Stapf
Miscanthidium gossweileri Stapf
Miscanthidium junceum (Stapf) Stapf
Miscanthidium teretifolium (Stapf) Stapf
Miscanthus gossweileri (Stapf) Pilg.
Miscanthus teretifolius (Stapf) Pilg.
Common names: Besemgras (Afrikaans) Pampas grass (English) Wireleaf daba grass (English)
Caespitose perennial. Culms 100–300 cm high. Leaf laminas 1–3 mm in diameter, terete, the midrib represented by a slender yellow line on the adaxial surface. Panicle 20–50 cm long, linear to narrowly ovate, bearing racemes 2–8 cm long. Spikelets 3–5 mm long; callus beard 1/4–1/3 the length of the spikelet. Inferior glume pilose to villous. Superior lemma bidentate, with a weakly geniculate awn 2–10 mm long
Derivation of specific name: junceus: Juncus- or rush-like
Habitat: A waterside reed
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 8 - 10.

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 107.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 96. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2015). Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna Struik Nature, South Africa Pages 152 - 153. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 141.

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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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: Miscanthus junceus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108180, retrieved 22 May 2024

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