Andropterum stolzii (Pilg.) C.E. Hubb.

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Synonyms: Andropterum variegatum Stapf
Ischaemum stolzii Pilg.
Sehima variegatum (Stapf) Roberty
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Status: Native
Rambling perennial, rooting at the nodes; leaf laminas 5–20 cm × 3–15 mm, flat, acuminate to a fine pungent apex. Racemes 4–11 cm long. Sessile spikelets 5–8 mm long; inferior glume narrowly lanceolate, bearing scattered setae on the keels, acute; superior glume narrowly oblong, truncate; superior lemma bifid for 3/4 its length, with an inconspicuous awn 8–15 mm long. Pedicelled spikelets 6–10 mm long, narrowly oblong, purplish, truncate, the inferior glume broadly winged on one side, the superior glume winged from the keel near the apex.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector in Angola and Malawi, particularly of orchids.
Habitat: Growing in dambos, along streamsides and pond margins and on the edges of riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 58 - 60. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 29.

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 99.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Andropterum stolzii
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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: Andropterum stolzii., retrieved 19 May 2024

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