Rytidosperma davyi C.E. Hubb.

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Synonyms: Danthonia davyi C.E. Hubb.
Merxmuellera davyi (C.E. Hubb.) Conert
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Status: Native
Densely caespitose perennial up to (and sometimes even exceeding) 120 cm tall, erect; leaf lamina tightly convolute, up to 65 cm × 2.5 mm (when expanded), glabrous below, shortly pilose or glabrous above.Panicle up to 22 cm long, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, loose to somewhat contracted.Spikelets 12–16 mm long; glumes narrowly lanceolate, 1-nerved for most of their length but with short lateral nerves below; lemma body 3.5–4.3 mm long, with 2–3 tufts of hairs near each margin and in the middle of the back, the lobes acuminate, up to 5 mm long; central awn geniculate, up to 12.5 mm long.
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Habitat: In large tussocks in exposed situations in montane grassland
Altitude range: 1860 - 2350 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: 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 354. as Merxmuellera davyi (Includes a picture).

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 7 - 9. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 34. As Danthonia davyi

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 152.

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Rytidosperma davyi
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rytidosperma davyi
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Rytidosperma davyi.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103980, retrieved 22 April 2024

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