Urelytrum agropyroides (Hack.) Hack.

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Synonyms: Rottboellia agropyroides Hack.
Urelytrum spp. sensu Simon
Urelytrum squarrosum Hack.
Urelytrum squarrosum var. robustum Stapf
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Status: Native
Caespitose perennial forming hard tussocks; culms up to 200 cm high. Leaf sheaths usually glabrous above; ligule (2)3–6 mm long, usually conspicuous, acute, lacerate, often adnate to lateral auricles; leaf laminas 10–40 cm × 1–6 mm, narrow, harsh. Inflorescence of 1(2) racemes each 8–25 cm long; rhachis internodes and pedicels often pubescent. Sessile spikelet narrowly elliptic; inferior glume 6–9 mm long, glabrous or pubescent, smooth, spinulose or muricate on the keels, acute at the apex. Pedicelled spikelet 2–7 mm long, with an awn (1)3–7(12) cm long.
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Habitat: Growing in open and wooded grassland, and in regenerating Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 20 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania southwards to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 151 - 153.

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 111.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 147.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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Flora of Botswana: Urelytrum agropyroides
Flora of Caprivi: Urelytrum agropyroides
Flora of Malawi: Urelytrum agropyroides
Flora of Mozambique: Urelytrum agropyroides
Flora of Zambia: Urelytrum agropyroides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Urelytrum agropyroides
African Plant Database: Urelytrum agropyroides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Urelytrum agropyroides
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Wikipedia: Urelytrum agropyroides

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: Urelytrum agropyroides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109110, retrieved 14 April 2024

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