Andropogon lacunosus J.G. Anderson

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Status: Native
Small, delicate, decumbent straggling perennial; culms up to 40 cm high, unbranched; internodes compressed. Leaf sheaths hairy; ligule a very short (c. 1 mm) minutely fringed membrane; laminas 6–16 cm × 3–4 mm, spreading, flat, glabrous, tapering to a very fine point at the apex. Racemes in terminal pairs, 2.5–5 cm long, clearly exserted from the spatheoles only at maturity; peduncles much longer than the racemes; internodes and pedicels filiform, ciliate on both margins. Spikelets similar, 5–7.5 mm long (the pedicelled slightly the longer and tinged with purple); inferior glumes of both irregularly pitted between the nerves, narrowly winged, glabrous. Sessile spikelet: inferior glume with a deep median groove, convex on the back, bifid at the apex; superior lemma bifid to about the middle; awn geniculate, 14.5–16.5 mm long; anthers 3–3.5 mm long, straw-coloured. Pedicelled spikelet male.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, growing near water
Altitude range: (metres) 1460 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, South Africa (Mpumalanga), Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 63 - 64.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Andropogon lacunosus
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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: Andropogon lacunosus., retrieved 5 March 2024

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