Andropogon ligulatus (Stapf) Clayton

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Synonyms: Andropogon laxatus sensu Stent & Rattray, non Stapf.
Andropogon laxatus var. ligulatus Stapf
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Status: Native
Delicate caespitose perennial; culms up to 120 cm high, erect, unbranched. Leaves glabrous except for scattered long hairs near the ligule; ligule (1)1.5–4 mm long, ± acute, shortly fimbriate; laminas 7–60 cm × 1–1.5 mm, linear. Racemes in terminal pairs, 4–7.5 cm long, ± plumose, long-exserted from the spatheoles; peduncles much longer than the racemes; internodes and pedicels filiform, ciliate with silky hairs up to 5 mm long on both margins. Spikelets similar, 6–7 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, reddish. Sessile spikelet: inferior glume with a broad median groove, glabrous; superior lemma bifid in the upper 1/4–1/3; awn 9–20 mm long, geniculate; anthers 2.5–3.5 mm long, straw-coloured. Pedicelled spikelet male, 5–7 mm long, mucronate.
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Habitat: Growing in wet places in dambos and bogs
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1550 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 63.

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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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 ligulatus., retrieved 18 April 2024

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