Phacelurus franksiae (J.M. Wood) Clayton

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Synonyms: Ischaemum franksiae J.M. Wood
Ischaemum juncifolium F. Ballard & C.E. Hubb.
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Status: Native
Densely caespitose perennial, the basal sheaths broad and papery, sometimes flabellate; culms up to 80 cm high, erect. Leaf laminas up to 40 cm × 1 mm, setaceous. Inflorescence 7–9 cm long, with a short central axis up to 2 cm long; racemes 2–4, each pedunculate and 4–6 cm long; internodes and pedicels linear, subclavate to inflated upwards, smooth and glabrous to shortly pilose. Sessile spikelet oblong-ovate, purplish; callus with a conspicuous central peg; inferior glume 6–8.5 mm long, thinly chartaceous with prominent nerves to firmly chartaceous with fainter nerves, ± flat across the back, rarely somewhat concave, scabrid on the sides below and smooth on the back to muricate on back and sides, the protuberances bearing a sharp prickle, ciliolate to rigidly ciliate on the margins above, these not winged, acute to acuminate at the apex. Pedicelled spikelet similar to the sessile spikelet but usually smaller, with a well developed callus, this bearing a central peg; pedicels half as long to as long as the internodes.
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Habitat: growing in boggy grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Page 160.

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 108.

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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: Phacelurus franksiae., retrieved 12 April 2024

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