Miscanthus sorghum (Nees) Pilg.

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Synonyms: Erianthus sorghum Nees
Miscanthidium junceum sensu Simon, non (Stapf) Pilg.
Miscanthidium sorghum (Nees) Stapf
Miscanthidium teretifolium sensu Stent & Rattray, non (Stapf) Stapf.
Miscanthus violaceus sensu auct. non (K. Schum.) Robyns
Common names:
Caespitose perennial. Culms 150–400 cm high. Leaf laminas 4–15(25) mm wide, narrowing to the midrib near the base. Panicle 20–40 cm long, narrowly oblong to narrowly ovate, bearing racemes 1–7 cm long. Spikelets 3–6 mm long; callus beard 1/4–1/3 the length of the spikelet, less prominent than the glume hairs. Inferior glume densely pilose. Superior lemma entire and awnless, or bidentate and bearing a straight or weakly geniculate awn up to 7 mm long.
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Habitat: Streamsides
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1350 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 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.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Miscanthus sorghum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108190, retrieved 8 December 2023

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