Hyparrhenia gazensis (Rendle) Stapf

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Synonyms: Andropogon gazensis (Rendle) Eyles
Cymbopogon gazensis Rendle
Hyparrhenia snowdenii C.E. Hubb.
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Status: Native
Loosely caespitose perennial; culms up to 180 cm high and up to 2 mm in diameter, weakly erect or geniculately ascending, sometimes sprawling. Leaf sheaths glabrous, or pubescent above; leaf laminas 8–20 cm × 2–5 mm, glabrous or thinly pilose, long-acuminate at the apex. False panicle 10–35 cm long, narrow, lax; spatheoles 3–4 cm long, linear-lanceolate, glabrous, reddish-brown; peduncles 1/2–3/4 as long as the spatheoles, pilose above with white hairs; racemes 1–1.5 cm long, 4–5-awned per pair, laterally exserted, not or sometimes tardily deflexed; raceme-bases unequal, divergent, the superior (2)2.5–3.5 mm long, terete, stiffly pilose with white bulbous-based hairs, the articulation with the peduncle glabrous. Homogamous spikelets c. 5 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, a single pair at the base of the inferior or both racemes. Sessile spikelets 4.5–5 mm long; callus 0.8–1.5 mm long, cuneate, acute at the apex; inferior glume linear-oblong to lanceolate-oblong, sparsely hispidulous; awn 2–3 cm long, the column pubescent with fulvous hairs. Pedicelled spikelets 5–6 mm long, linear-lanceolate, glabrous, terminating in a short mucro 1–2 mm long; callus absent; pedicel-tooth short, broadly triangular.
Derivation of specific name: gazensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: Growing in flooded grassland, Brachystegia woodland, and as a ruderal on poor soils
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, South Africa , Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 106.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 44.

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 105.

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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: Hyparrhenia gazensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=108900, retrieved 20 April 2024

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