Brachyachne fulva Stapf

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Synonyms: Brachyachne fibrosa C.E. Hubb.
Brachyachne kundelungensis Van der Veken
Microchloa fibrosa (C.E. Hubb.) Pilg.
Microchloa fulva (Stapf) Pilg.
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Densely caespitose perennial; culms stout, up to 50(70) cm tall, erect or geniculately ascending; basal leaf sheaths persistent, splitting into a cushion of densely pilose fibres; leaf laminas 3–15(25) cm × 1–3 mm, flat or more usually involute, often almost setaceous, somewhat rigid, mostly straight, seldom somewhat curved.Racemes (2)3–5(7), (1.5)2.5–6(8) cm long, straight or curved.Spikelets 3.6–5.3 mm long; inferior glume slightly asymmetrical, lanceolate to narrowly oblong-lanceolate in profile, obtuse at the apex, scabrid or stifflyciliate on the keel, rarely glabrous; superior glume narrowly oblong-lanceolate in profile, obtuse at the apex, scaberulous along the keel towards the apex, or glabrous; lemma 3–4 mm long, narrowly elliptic in profile, obtuse to truncate at the apex, sometimes shortly emarginate, often mucronulate; anthers 1.5–2.3 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: fulva: tawny, reddish-yellow
Habitat: In montane grassland, usually amongst rocks or on rocky slopes, in thin soil on flat bare rock, or shallow soil overlying laterite; also in sandy dambos
Altitude range: 1000 - 2130 m
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Worldwide distribution: Dem. Rep. Congo (Shaba Province, Zaire), Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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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 341. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Page 242.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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: Brachyachne fulva., retrieved 22 April 2024

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