Rhytachne rottboellioides Desv.

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Synonyms: Rhytachne benguellensis Rendle
Rhytachne mannii Stapf
Rhytachne rottboellioides var. guineensis A. Camus & Schnell
Rottboellia caespitosa Baker
Rottboellia rhytachne Hack.
Rottboellia setifolia K. Schum.
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Status: Native
Slender to robust caespitose perennial; culms up to 100 cm high. Leaf laminas 5–25 cm long, setaceous, involute. Racemes 2–20 cm long, the internodes all ± equalling the spikelets, glabrous. Sessile spikelet 2–5(6) mm long, narrowly ovate to oblong; inferior glume variously rugose or muricate, rarely almost smooth, obtuse, acuminate or bidenticulate at the apex, with or without an awn up to 5 mm long; superior glume awnless or with an awn up to 5 mm long. Pedicelled spikelet suppressed or almost so, represented by a curved pedicel as long as the sessile spikelet, sometimes surmounted by an awn up to 5 mm long.
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Habitat: Growing in swamps and seasonally wet grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 55 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, South America, West Indies, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 361. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48.

Cope, T.A. (2002). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(4) Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 56. As Rhytachne rottboelliodes

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 109.

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

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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: Rhytachne rottboellioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=109180, retrieved 30 May 2024

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