Microstegium nudum (Trin.) A. Camus

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Synonyms: Eulalia capensis (Hochst.) Steud.
Microstegium capense (Hochst.) A. Camus
Pollinia nuda Trin.
Pollinia nuda var. capensis (Hochst.) Hack.
Psilopogon capensis Hochst.
Common names:
Rambling annual, rooting at the lower nodes. Culms 20–100 cm long. Leaf laminas 1–8 cm long, linear to lanceolate. Inflorescence of 2–10 slender racemes each 2–8 cm long; internodes filiform, glabrous, equalling or exceeding the loosely spaced spikelets. Spikelets 2.5–5 mm long, lanceolate-elliptic; callus shortly barbate. Inferior glume with a broad shallow median groove, glabrous, or finely ciliate near the apex; superior glume weakly keeled or rounded on the back, acute. Inferior floret represented by a lanceolate hyaline scale. Superior lemma 1.5–2 mm long, linear, entire or minutely bidentate, with a capillary awn 6–20 mm long; palea minute or absent; stamens 2
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Habitat: Forest shade
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, an Asiatic species
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 17 - 18. (Includes a picture).

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, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Microstegium nudum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108230, retrieved 4 March 2024

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