Cynodon nlemfuensis Vanderyst
var. nlemfuensis

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Status: Native
Stoloniferous perennial without rhizomes; stolons stout; culms robust to fairly slender, up to 60 cm tall, soft, not woody (but stolons woody); leaf laminas 4–11.5 cm × 2–6 mm, flat.Racemes 4–16 in 1 or sometimes 2 whorls, 4–20 cm long. Spikelets 2–2.6 mm long, green or pigmented with red or purple; glumes narrowly lanceolate in profile, the superior 1/2–3/4 as long as the spikelet; lemma silky-pubescent to softly ciliate on the keel.
subsp. nlemfuensis : Culms moderately robust to somewhat wiry, 1–1.5 mm in diameter; leaf laminas 2–5 mm wide, green or glaucous; racemes 4–9, each 4–7 cm long.
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Habitat: Often on alluvial soils
Altitude range: 900 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, southwards through east tropical Africa to DRC and westwards into Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, introduced elsewhere
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12. As Cynodon nlemfuensis

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 237.

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 102.

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Flora of Zambia: Cynodon nlemfuensis var. nlemfuensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cynodon nlemfuensis var. nlemfuensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cynodon nlemfuensis var. nlemfuensis

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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: Cynodon nlemfuensis var. nlemfuensis., retrieved 16 April 2024

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