Craspedorhachis africana Benth.

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Status: Native
Caespitose perennial up to 100 cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; lowermost leaf sheaths splitting into persistent fibres; leaf laminas flat or involute, 2–15 cm × 2–5.5 mm.Inflorescence 6–13(19) cm long, comprising 2–7(14) scattered racemes, these (2)4–7(20) cm long, rigid, less than their own length apart on a rhachis 0.4–0.9 mm wide.Spikelets (2.8)3–4.4 mm long; lemma 1.2–2.2 mm long, ovate, softly pilose on the nerves and back; palea softly pilose on the back.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In dambo grassland and associated miombo on sandy soils, sandveld, and coastal plain swampy grassland
Altitude range: 20 - 1520 m
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 221 - 223.

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 101.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 133.

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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: Craspedorhachis africana., retrieved 22 July 2024

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